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Tipperary Men Found With Pistol & Fragmentation Grenades

Two men, aged 50 and 33 years, have been remanded in custody for a further month following their appearance before Cashel District Court yesterday, both charged with possession of two fragmentation grenades[A] and a hand gun.  Both men had been brought initially before Cashel District Court charged with these offences on Sunday November 12th last, and had been remanded in custody to yesterdays Cashel District court sitting.

Mr Thomas Bates of Abbey Street, Cahir, Co. Tipperary and Mr Nigel Gartland of No. 4 Knocklofty Heights, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, both appeared before Mr Justice Terence Finn charged with conspiring with each other to have in their possession a ‘Glock’ semi-automatic pistol in the district court area of Cashel, between October 24th, 2017 and November 10th, 2017, contrary to the 1964 Firearms Act.

Both the above named were also charged with conspiring together to have in their possession or under their control two fragmentation grenades contrary to the 1883 Explosive Substances Act, in the district court area of Cashel, between the same dates.

The State sought to further remand the two men in custody, pending the submission of a file on this case to the Director of Public Prosecutions and to this end sought a further two week adjournment.

Mr Justice Finn remanded both men in custody to appear before Cashel District Court again on December 14th 2017.

[A] Fragmentation Grenade:
The “Mills Bomb” is regarded as the first “safe grenade” and was the first modern fragmentation explosive to come into use in the trenches during WWI.  Manufactured in Birmingham, England in 1915; they were an explosive-filled steel canisters with a deeply notched exterior surface thus aiding fragmentation. However this design was later improved by putting the exterior notches on the interior, thus increasing the grenade’s deadliness.
The external segmentation design resembles the surface of a pineapple (hence the description “pin-and-pineapple” design), was retained for many years afterwards, since it provided a positive gripping surface for soldiers, and is retained in use today in some modern hand throwing grenades.

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Tipperary Youth Charged With Assault Causing Harm

Following a serious assault, during which a 14-year-old boy was left critically ill with serious head injuries; this morning, at 11.30am, a 17-year-old appeared before a special sitting of Cashel District Court, charged in connection with the incident.

The assault occurred in the Lakelands area of Tipperary town, Co. Tipperary, last Thursday evening and the victim still remains in a serious condition at South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel. Prayers for his full recovery were offered at all Masses in Tipperary yesterday and today.

The 17 year-old charged in court, who cannot be named due to his age, has this morning been remanded in custody, the court having heard the details of his arrest, charge and caution. Mr Justice Terrance Finn remanded the teenager in custody to appear in court again on Thursday next, November 16th.

It is now understood that the victim, described by Gardaí as being quiet, happy and with a close circle of friends, had been targeted previously by an older youth in the area, however Gardaí were totally unaware of any such incidents, as no earlier complaints had been made to them.

A woman in her 30’s also arrested in connection with the Thursday incident was released without charge last night.

Explosives and firearms offences.
Meanwhile two men, aged 33 years and 50 years, arrested and detained on the 10th of November last at an address in Abbey Street, Cahir, Co. Tipperary by Gardaí from the Special Detective Unit; were also expected to appear before Cashel District Court today. The men were arrested in connection with explosives and firearms offences, involving organised crime in the county.  Both men were remanded in custody, to come before Cashel District Court on Wednesday, November 15th 2017 next.

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Men Arrested In Tipperary Re. Explosives & Firearms Offences

Special Detective Unit detain two men in connection with explosives investigation

Following the search of a house in Cahir, South Tipperary; two men, aged 50 and 33, have been detained and are being questioned in Cahir Garda station, regarding Garda investigations into explosives and firearms offences.

It is further reported that a gun, explosives (two grenades) and ammunition were seized by Gardaí during the search.

The search was carried out by the Special Detective Unit, assisted by the Emergency Response Unit together with Gardaí from the Irish South Eastern Region.

The arrests are understood to be aimed at combating the support of organised crime rather than terrorism, through the importation of explosives, firearms and ammunition.

Both men are being held under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act and can be held in custody for up to 72 hours.

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Criminal Elements Targeting Copper

We first reported this problem in October of 2012 and now it appears that criminal elements in our midst have reignited their desire to steal telephone lines.  Gardaí are requesting that people become more alert, following an increase in the theft of telephone lines from rural roadside locations across midland counties in recent weeks.

Rural areas like Templetuohy, Thurles, Co. Tipperary were having roadside telephone wires stolen back in 2012.

According to Gardaí, phone line theft is taking place along rural roadsides, usually during the hours of darkness; same targeted for their valuable copper content. Worse still, some metal junk yards are not asking questions as to where copper being offered to them for sale, is being legally procured.

In our neighbouring counties of Laois and Offaly, Gardaí and Eir claim that there have been 14 such cases of telephone line theft in recent weeks and these larcenies have been sporadic, right across the Gardaí division.

Also Gardaí state that the theft of copper cylinders and other copper fixtures and fittings, from vacant properties, also appears to be on the increase, with copper cylinders taken from some seven vacant properties in the Tullamore, Co. Offaly area recently.

The advise by Gardaí to the residents of Laois and Offaly, also holds good for Co. Tipperary dwellers; Note: Please secure any property you own, including buildings lying vacant and please do remain alert; reporting any suspicious activity immediately to Gardaí.

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Tipperary Man Released Without Charge Following Cork Death

Gardaí in the seaside town of Skibbereen in west Co. Cork, who had been investigating the death last September of Mr John Ustic, latter originally from England, have today released without charge a man in his 20’s, who had been arrested in connection with their investigations.

The man, who had been arrested in Co. Tipperary just yesterday, before being detained at Bandon Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984, will now have a file  prepared and sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for consideration.

The body of Mr Ustic was located in a rented terraced house at High Street in the town, at around 9.00am by his partner on the morning of September 25th last. The deceased is understood to have moved to West Cork several years ago, before eventually settling in Skibbereen.

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