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Tipperary Resident To Be Extradited To United Kingdom

Cannabis sativa

A Welsh native, named as Mr Wesley Purse, who was supposed to be serving a 12 year prison sentence in England; when he was caught cultivating 112 cannabis plants here in South Co. Tipperary, will now be extradited to the United Kingdom after he has finished serving his prisin sentence here in Ireland.

The 42-year-old is being sought by the UK authorities to serve a 12-year sentence imposed in his absence at Stafford Crown Court, for his conspiracy in supplying the Class A drug cocaine, in Staffordshire in the West Midlands of England, back in July of 2014.

Mr Purse is also being sought to face alleged charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on a male in the UK on August 8th, 2015. It is alleged that Mr Purse violently attacked his victim using a baseball bat, following an altercation with the occupants of a motor vehicle.

He had then been released pending charge for the alleged attack, but had failed to answer bail and was subsequently found cultivating €42,000 worth of cannabis at Rossadrehid, Cahir, Co. Tipperary on May 3rd, 2017, for which he received a five-year prison sentence; same due to expire in January 2021.

The UK authorities first sent the request for extradition to Ireland in November 2019, seeking the return of Mr Purse to serve the 12-year sentence imposed in his absence at Stafford Crown Court in 2016 and to face further charges for the alleged violent assault.


Data Breach At University Hospital Limerick

University Hospital Limerick (UHL), (the medical facility serving North Tipperary), will be sending written communications to some 630 patients within the Midwest region, following a data breach which concerns adults, parents/guardians and children. Same was subsequently published online in the form of a file linked from a Twitter account, last May, 2020.

Gardaí were informed of the alleged breach by a non-HSE employee; with the hospital, itself, becoming aware of the breach on May 29th last.

We understand the data, which included patients’ names, dates of birth, together with medicines dispensed, were removed from a computer system and relates to patients who attended at the hospital’s emergency department between April 18th and April 22nd last.

The data in question is understood to have been extracted from an automated system used in the hospital’s emergency department, without the consent of the Health Service Executive (HSE) and not by any one employee of the HSE.

Unconfirmed reports state that the data may have been accessed by an employee of a company; latter employed to support the data system concerned.

Twitter moved quickly to block the link to the data, while also disabling the account.

Gardaí and the Data Protection Commission were immediately notified and the HSE obtained a High Court Order, on June 5th last, to restrain the individual involved, from communicating further obtained confidential information.

The company then supporting the system at the time, is no longer managing the data concerned.


Tipperary Garda Inquiries Lead To Arrest Of Grave Robber

A woman was arrested and charged in relation to thefts at a graveyard in Drangan village, Thurles, Co.Tipperary.

Both uniformed and detective Gardaí from Fethard Garda Station conducted multiple enquiries, which eventually led to a suspect being identified. The arrest following the theft of flower pots from various graves within the local church grounds.

The owners of the graves, from which item were taken, have since been identified and contacted by Gardaí.

As part of their investigations, Gardaí carried out a search in Co. Kilkenny on Friday last and arrested a woman, understood to be aged in her 40’s.

We understand that a substantial amount of suspected stolen property, believed to have been removed from Drangan Church grounds was recovered.

On arrest, the woman was taken to Clonmel Garda Station; detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984, before being charged to appear before Clonmel District Court on Tuesday October 27th.


Gardaí Warn of New Phishing Scam

Fraudulent Email Alert

An Garda Síochána wish to alert the public to a ‘phishing’ scam whereby persons are being contacted by an email claiming to be from the Department of Justice and Equality, but will use the words ‘Ireland Justice Department’ and will come from the email address ‘jury@justice.ie’.

The main body of text asks people to register for jury service by clicking on the link, ‘justice.ie’.
When clicked on; it redirects people to a cloned website, where a person’s name, date of birth and PPS number is sought.

Gardaí are advising the public as follows:

  • Do not respond to unsolicited emails
  • Do not clicks onto links contained within them
  • Do not give away any personal data
  • Report the matter to An Garda Siochana
  • Be aware that the public are never asked to register for jury service in this manner as people are contacted by summons for jury service by the County Registrar.

More information is available from Courts Services via the following link https://www.courts.ie/jury-service


Garda Drug Seizure In Tipperary

A search was conducted, yesterday evening, at Highfield Grove, Clonmel, Co.Tipperary, by members of the Clonmel District Drugs Unit.

Suspected drugs including cocaine, MDMA (Ecstasy), Cannabis and Alprazolam (short-acting tranquilizer), with an estimated street value of €2,500, were seized along with digital scales and deal bags.

A man in his 20’s was arrested and detained at Clonmel Garda Station.