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Former Thurles Native Charged With Estranged Wife’s Murder

E. Jordan Dec’d. (Pic  Wales Police).

A former Thurles native, residing in north Wales, has been charged with the murder of his estranged wife.

Mr Paul Martin Jordan, aged 54 years, has appeared before Caernarfon Magistrates’ Court, last Thursday, charged in connection with the death of Ms Elizabeth (Betty) Jordan, aged 53 years, on Monday July 31st. last.

The mother-of-two is understood to have been discovered with serious knife wounds at her home at Trem y Garnedd on the Maesgeirchen estate, in Bangor, north Wales; after which she has since died in hospital.

Ms Jordan, a nursing home worker, who hailed originally from Castleiney, Templemore in Co Tipperary, is believed to have resided in Wales for some years past.

Mr Paul Martin Jordan, a Telecommunications worker, with an address at Ffordd Siabod, Felinheli, Wales, was further remanded in custody by Judge Eleri Rees, latter who appeared via a live television link from Cardiff Crown Court, fixing a hearing provisionally for January next.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a h-anam dílis.


Male Detained For Questioning Regarding Glengoole Hit & Run

A man has been arrested following investigations by Thurles Gardaí into a fatal collision at Poynestown, near the village of Glengoole, about 14 km (8.5 mls) from Thurles town, at around 10.20pm on Sunday night last.

As a result of the collision a 68-year-old male pedestrian, named as Mr Michael Stapleton, died leaving Gardaí to believe that he was struck by a vehicle, which failed to stop at the scene. Mr Stapleton was discovered by a local person, who performed CPR on him, but despite these efforts and the efforts by ambulance personnel and Gardaí a short time later, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Stapleton died on the same road just metres away from where his brother Eugene was killed some 15 years ago.

This afternoon a male, understood to be in his 40’s, was arrested under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984, and is currently being detained for questioning at Thurles Garda Station.

Gardaí continue to appeal for witnesses to contact Thurles Garda Station on Tel: 0504-25100; the Garda Confidential Line on Tel: 1800-666-111 or indeed any Garda Station


Horse Meat Fraud Dismantled By European Cops

The Spanish Guardia Civil, the oldest law enforcement agency in Spain, known as the benemérita (reputable); in co-ordination with Europol, have dismantled a crime clique in Europe, trading horse meat unfit for human consumption.  The operation was carried out in co-ordination with Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

In Spain, 65 people have been arrested and charged with crimes which include animal abuse, documentation forgery, money laundering, perverting the course of justice, crimes relating to public health, and holding membership of a criminal organisation.

The discovery, in 2013, by Irish authorities who detected beefburgers containing horsemeat, led to investigations into discovering the origin of the initial contamination, where the anti-inflammatory drug phenylbutazone (often referred to as “bute,” a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used for the short-term treatment of pain and fever in animals), was found in the meat.

Meat companies, frozen food companies and fast-food companies were affected by the investigation, which led to the identification of a Dutch citizen.

It took until the summer of 2016, for Guardia Civil’s Environmental Protection Service to initiate ‘Operation Gazel’.  This investigation led to the detection of fraud, involving horse meat from Portugal and northern Spain, labelled as “not suitable for consumption”, being processed in a unnamed facility and from there being sent on to Belgium, latter country being one of the biggest horse meat exporters in the E U.  This deceit involved the criminal organisation forging animal identification microchips and other documentation.

Guardia Civil was able to track down the Dutch businessman related to the Irish beefburger / horse meat case in Calpe, Alicante, in Spain, and later arrested in Belgium.

Co-ordinated by the Federal Police, the Federal Food Agency in Belgium and the Guardia Civil; bank accounts and properties were either blocked or seized, together with five luxury cars.

Results of samples, taken from slaughterhouses and facilities, concluded that the destination of the horse meat in question was mainly destined for countries outside of Spain.


198 Gardaí Graduate From Garda Training College, Templemore

A total of 198 new Gardaí have graduated from the Garda Training College, in Templemore, Co. Tipperary today.  This graduation saw the largest number of graduates since the moratorium on recruitment was lifted three years ago.

Of the 56 ladies and 142 gentlemen who graduated; nine of which were Co. Tipperary natives; five (One female and four males) will be stationed at Thurles Garda Station.

The majority of these new graduates; numbering 84, will be posted to Dublin, while the remainder will be posted to counties in the various other regional Divisions.

Garda membership is expected to rise to a total of 13,500 members by the end of this year; an increase of over 500 personnel, when compared with 2016.


Male Arrested In Tipperary On suspicion Of Trafficking Drugs

Cannabis Resin

On Friday, June 30th last, the Serious Crime Task Force and Revenue’s Customs Service uncovered a consignment of Cannabis at Dublin Port, with an estimated street value of €73o,000.

This discovery was understood to be part of an ongoing intelligence led investigations targeting organised criminal activity; conducted jointly by the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, the Serious Crime Task Force and the Revenue Commissioners Customs Service.

During this particular investigation a haulage vehicle containing farm machinery became the subject of an x-ray scan on its arrival into the port. During the scanning, Cannabis was discovered concealed within the farm machinery.

A follow-up search was subsequently conducted today close to the Offaly-Tipperary border in Moneygall which has lead to the arrest, by Gardaí, of a single male, on suspicion of drug trafficking.

The male, aged in his early 50’s, is currently being detained at Nenagh Garda Station, in Co. Tipperary under the provisions of Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.