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Thurles & Tipperary Garda News

Tipperary Gardaí – Community Initiatives

GardaOur picture (on left) shows Garda John Hognett and Garda Annette Connolly, Thurles, visiting Littleton Primary School recently, with their dog ‘Harley’, latter representing the South Eastern Regional Dog Unit.

To the joy of the children present, ‘Harley’, under the strict and safe supervision of Garda John, gave a demonstration of how to keep riotous people under control at close quarters and how his dog can sniff out drugs and explosives.

Garda Annette spoke to the assembled children on the various daily necessary operations of An Garda Siochana in Tipperary and the need by children, in particular, to identify with Gardaí as their protector, advisor and friend, particularly in times of danger.

The police presence on the day was extremely well received by both the school’s students and their teachers and could be an initiative to be undertaken by other Primary Schools throughout the county.

Thurles Gardaí Reuniting Stolen Property With Rightful Owners

Efforts to reunite stolen and otherwise recovered property back with their rightful owners across the counties Tipperary, Kilkenny, Carlow, Wexford and Waterford will get under way at Thurles Garda Station tomorrow, Wednesday 3rd February 2016, from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Labelled as being a “South Eastern Regional Property Recovered Day”, members of the public are being invited to attend at Thurles Garda Station to view and identify items of property from across the South Eastern Garda Region.

Should any member of the public not be in a position to attend Thurles Garda Station on the 3rd February 2016, catalogues of the property will also be available to view at the Divisional Community Policing Seminar at St Patrick’s College Thurles at 7:00pm on the following day, February 4th 2016.

The public can also view all property by logging onto https://www.flickr.com/photos/gardasiochana/albums/72157662624868730 and viewing the items in Garda custody.

Keep in mind that if any member of the public has any knowledge regarding any of the item of property visible on this site or any information on other stolen or lost property they should contact their local Garda Station or the Garda Confidential Line Tel: 1800 666 111.

NOTE: 2016 Divisional Tipperary Policing Seminar

The 2016 Tipperary Divisional Community Seminar will take place at St Patrick’s College, Cathedral Street, Thurles, on next Thursday, February 4th, beginning at 7:00pm sharp.

An Garda Siochana in Tipperary are committed to maintaining their strong links with communities. Therefore this Seminar is intended to give clear insight on their strategic imperatives for the year ahead under the twin pillars of Crime Prevention and necessary Community Engagement. With people nationally complaining daily about rising crime levels, here is your opportunity “to light that single candle rather than to continuously curse the darkness”, so where at all possible the public are invited to attend this Seminar, which will be addressed by Chief Superintendent Mrs Catherine M. Kehoe.

Acts Of Anti-Social Behaviour Began Our New Year In Thurles

gardaMy old, culturally superior headmaster always referred to those he regarded as uncivilised, unrefined, insensitive or cruel as being “Uncouth Barbarians.”

Here in Thurles a number of ‘stranded souls’, undeterred by weather, certainly started off 2016 behaving as such; roaming our streets as is their often customary fashion, while carrying out acts of anti-social behaviour.

West of the town, in the Kennedy Park and surrounding area, a number of vehicles had their fuel tanks emptied last night. East of the town, in the area of Kickham Street, a window was smashed around 5:00am this morning.
In the same street the panel of a motor vehicle was also severely damaged; while nearby on Ikerrin Road, two other vehicles, parked temporarily, had their wing mirrors broken off.

Thurles Gardaí are currently examining CCTV footage recorded in the aforementioned areas.

Thurles Gardaí also warn that burglaries increase by up to 25 % over the coming winter months, as criminals avail of the increased hours of darkness with which to perform their unlawful activities. Tipperary Garda Division Inspector Mr Eddie Golden recently warned residents that if they were away from their homes for any lengthy period, to ensure that someone with proven trust was keeping a close eye on their properties.

Man Arrested Following Planned Drugs Raid In Tipp.

garda crestA male, aged 36, has been arrested in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, following a joint planned Garda drugs operation.

Those involved included Revenue Officials, Customs Service, Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, together with the Nenagh Divisional Garda Drugs Unit.

Around 2 kilos of Cannabis Herb was understood to have been recovered following the raid, reportedly with an estimated street value in excess of €40,000.

The man arrested at the scene, is presently being detained at Nenagh Garda Station under provisions laid down by Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.

Thurles Stabbing – Man Arrested & Charged

GardaA local Thurles man, aged 27, has appeared in court today; charged with the multiple stabbing of another male in his early 20’s;  just outside Thurles Town centre, between 9.30pm and 9.45pm on last Saturday night. The accused attacker was arrested by Thurles Gardaí on Sunday morning and subsequently charged with assault, causing bodily harm.

The arrested man has been named as Mr Stephen Quinlan, with an address at Seskin, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. He was brought before Tipperary Town District Court today charged with several alleged offences including:- ‘Assault causing harm,’ ‘Criminal damage,’ ‘Possession of stolen property’ and Possession of drugs.

The youth who received several stab wounds in Saturday night’s incident, is understood to be in his early 20’s. He was rushed to hospital where he was treated for his injuries, before being later released.

Following objection by Thurles Gardaí to Mr Quinlan bail, the accused was remanded in custody to Limerick Prison until next Friday, when he will again be taken before Nenagh District Court to answer the charges.

Thurles Gardaí Make A Total Of 12 Arrests In Thurles

GardaA further eight people have now been arrested here in Thurles, following yesterdays series of early morning raids by Thurles Gardaí. This brings to twelve the total number of persons arrested yesterday.

Drugs with an estimated value in excess of some €2,000 were also seized, together with items of stolen property. We understand that the drugs seized consisted of the Class B drug Amphetamine Sulphate, (latter which bears the street name ‘Speed’) and a quantity of MDMA, short for Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, (latter the psychoactive drug more commonly known under a variety of names such as ‘Ecstasy’, ‘Molly’, ‘E’, ‘XTC’, ‘X’, ‘Adam’, ‘Hug’, ‘Beans’ and ‘Clarity’).

Of the 12 people taken into custody, the reasons for their detention, we understand, included ‘Serious Assaults’; ‘Arson’; ‘Outstanding Warrants’; ‘Possession of Illegal Substances’ and ‘Burglary’.

Of those detained, four are presently in Limerick jail; while another man appeared yesterday before a Judge in Nenagh District Court, charged with robbery and other theft offences in the Templemore area. The remainder of those detained were released without charge; however we understand files are expected to be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

All arrests were made as a result of clever research, co-ordination and detection, undertaken by members of the Thurles Garda force.

This work yesterday, undertaken by Thurles Gardaí, further highlights the incredible service and commitment by our local police force, despite being totally under-resourced and with the failure of our present government to provide the necessary ring-fenced finance to fight current unprecedented rural crime.

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