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Cannabis Grow House Uncovered – Two Nenagh Men Arrested

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Four men; two from Nenagh, in Co. Tipperary, have been arrested in connection with the seizure of an estimated €200,000 worth of cannabis plants.

As part of an ongoing investigation into the sale and supply of drugs; the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, the Special Crime Task Force and local drugs units carried out a number of searches yesterday, Friday June 9th 2017, and uncovered a cannabis grow house, containing plants with an estimated street value of €200,000.

The searches undertaken targeted Nenagh in Co Tipperary; Castlebar, Co Mayo, and Dundalk, Co Louth.

The men arrested are understood to be aged 29, 37, 38 and 45, and are being held at various Garda stations under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

Ireland’s recent rate of cannabis usage is similar to the rest of Europe, averaging 14%, but, worryingly for Ireland, our usage has increased by 6% since 2003. This fact is despite Ireland having the fourth highest expected prison sentence, 12 years, for supplying 1kg or more of cannabis.

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Stolen Property, Value €200,000, Recovered in Tipp.

A quantity of valuable, stolen equipment has been recovered in Co Tipperary.

As part of ongoing investigations, Gardaí in Cahir, Co. Tipperary have recovered property, with an estimated value of some €200,000; found in a number of rented sheds, as part of a surveillance led operation.

The equipment, understood to include industrial generators, gardening equipment, quads, sprayers, mini-diggers, and other agricultural equipment, is believed to have been stolen during burglaries which took place, both in Ireland and the UK.

A man, understood to be in his late 20’s has been arrested and currently remains detained at Cahir, Garda Station; held under the provisions of section 4 of the Criminal Justice act 1984, for which he can be detained, subject to the provisions of this section; for questioning for six hours from the time of his arrest.

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Cease Inviting Thieves By Posting On Social Media

June 1st 2017 has arrived and with it the Summer holiday season.

Gardaí are advising people who intend to holiday away from home to refrain from posting on social media while they are away, as such actions alert potential burglars to the fact that their home is possibly unguarded and vacant.

Save all the details of your itinerary, holiday pictures, comments etc. until you are back home and if you do decide to ignore this excellent advice, at least have the good sense to not tag other people, who are also on holiday, perhaps in your company; in your photographs.

New Garda crime figures show that burglaries are most likely to occur between 12.20am and 4.00am, and between 12.30pm and 3.00pm, with one in every four unlawful entries or housebreaks, occurring between the months of June 1st and August 31st, and all resulting from an unsecured door or window.

Speaking at the “Supporting Safer Communities Campaign” at Bloom in the Park, Gardaí also draw attention to the future consideration of “defensive planting” or the planting of prickly shrubs to help deter uninvited guests. Easy to care for shrubs, recommended as deterrent barriers to thieves, could include, ‘Shrub (Seafoam) Roses‘ for wall covering or ‘Purple Japanese Barberry‘ for hedging, to name but a few; but best to discuss this with your local garden centre.

Speaking of gardening; Hedges and shrubs in your front gardens should be kept to a height of no more than three feet, thus removing the cover, which allows burglars to conceal their true activity.

With children due to take the long break from school, remember to secure bicycles, gardening equipment, tools etc. as these are most likely to be stolen by thieves during the coming Summer months.

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Arrests Following Roscrea Aggravated Burglary

Gardaí have arrested three men in connection with a burglary at the home of an elderly couple in North Tipperary earlier this month, on May 7th last .

The arrested men stand accused of breaking into the home of 94 and 87 year old Mr Jimmy & Mrs Mary Campion, Roscrea, Co Tipperary at 11.45pm on the Sunday night of May 7th 2017 and seriously assaulting Mr Campion using a walking stick, before stealing a quantity of cash.

Mr Campion was removed by ambulance to the Midlands Regional Hospital, in Portlaoise,  because of head injuries he received during the assault.

We understand that yesterday Gardaí arrested a 28-year-old man in South Dublin, and he is being detaining under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act. Following his detention, earlier today, Gardaí are understood to have carried out two further arrests.

We understand that the two arrests today involve a 17-year-old and a 34-year-old, both male and also arrested in the South Dublin area. Both have also been detained for questioned under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

Gardaí had previously identified a travelling gang, whom they believe were responsible. To this end they had visited a number of addresses in South County Dublin, including one halting site.

During these same visits, mobile phones and other articles believed to be linked to the Roscrea raid, were removed as part of an evidence-gathering operation.

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Nine Years Jail For Assault, Imprisonment & Hijacking

Two Co. Tipperary men were before Clonmel Circuit Court yesterday and received their sentence, following the assault and imprisonment of a man during a car hijacking incident.

The original incident, which occurred on July 7th of last year (2016) saw a vehicle unlawfully stolen in Clonmel, south Tipperary, and later found burnt out in Tipperary Town. It was during this incident that a male victim was also falsely imprisoned; during which time he was also assaulted.

The charges against both individuals; named as Mr Adam Brady aged 23 years, with an address at Glenoaks Close, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary and Mr Ryan Tate aged 19 years, with an address at An Duiche, Scallagheen, Tipperary Town, Co. Tipperary, included assault causing harm, robbery, the unlawful seizure of a vehicle, false imprisonment and arson.

Judge Mr Tomas Teehan, presiding, sentenced both men connected with the crime, to a total jail term of 24 years, or 12 years each, with the final 3 suspended.

Yesterday’s successful court appearance and prosecutions followed on from investigations carried out jointly by members of an Garda Síochána from both Clonmel and Tipperary Town stations.

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