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Concern over dog thefts, burglaries in South Clare

LOCAL communities around South-East Clare are said to be on high alert currently, over concerns about a spate of dog thefts, as well as the presence of roving burglars. It follows the seizure last week of a number of pedigree breeds by Gardaí in Limerick, following a search in Rathkeale. “People are concerned and extra vigilant at the moment,” said PJ Mason of the Broadford Action Group. “Not just about the dog thefts but about robberies and burglaries more generally.” Mr Mason said that older people are particularly concerned. “I was speaking recently to a senior gentleman,” he outlined, “who is fearful for his dog and I would be saddened to think that people are now living with this fear factor.” The matter has been raised by South-East Clare-based TD, Deputy Cathal Crowe who said drones are believed to be in use by gangs targeting properties. The Fianna Fáil member has called for tougher penalties for offenders and the creation …

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‘Huge’ repair costs following Ennis burglary

THE owners of an Ennis industrial unit have been left with a “huge” repair bill following a burglary at the weekend with gardaí issuing an appeal to the public for  information.  Gardaí in Ennis are investigating after entry was gained to an industrial unit under construction in the Ballymaley Business Park on the Gort Road. The incident occurred sometime between 6.30pm on Friday, July 3 and 8.20am on Saturday, July 4. Recently installed cables were cut and four batteries from cherry pickers were moved onto the floor and connecting wires cut resulting in internal damage. Crime Prevention Officer with Clare Gardaí Sergeant Triona Brooks outlined, “The monetary value of the cable stolen is very little but the cost of repair is huge. We are asking anyone who may have been working in the estate or anyone entering or leaving the estate if they saw anything suspicious between these times or may have dash cam footage to contact Ennis Garda Station …

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Five arrested following Ennis burglary

Gardaí have arrested five men in their late teens and early 20s, in relation to a burglary at a phone shop on O’Connell Street, Ennis in the early hours of this morning (Monday). Shortly before 2.30am, Gardaí in Ennis received a report of a burglary that had just occurred in which a grey car was seen leaving the area. Gardaí located the suspect car and carried out a managed pursuit. The car was abandoned on Ballyalla Grove and the occupants fled in different directions. One man was arrested by Gardaí and is currently detained at Ennis Garda Station. A search of the car was carried out and Gardaí recovered a large quantity of mobile phones that had been stolen. Gardaí put a cordon in place in the surrounding areas and a car was stopped on the Gort Road at around 5.30am. Three men who were in the car, were arrested and brought to Ennis and Shannon Garda Stations. At around …

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No going back to Cree for Michael

HIS room in St Theresa’s Nursing Home, Kilrush is neatly dotted with photographs and postcards. The photos include local GAA teams and shots of Michael McMahon with his brother, Stephen, who has lived and worked in England for 50 years. Until he was robbed and abruptly left his dilapidated home in Cree six years ago, Michael lived without electricity or running water. He had to leave his front door permanently ajar. Otherwise, his house would fill with a dense smoke from the turf fire. He kept to himself and didn’t mix, not realising what he was missing out on. Now, he is certain that he could never return to that lifestyle. “I’d be dead in a week. The cold was immense. When I’d be going to bed, my fingers would be stiff with ice after handling the clothes on the bed. I’d have to go up to the fire to try and loosen them. I was looking at a bleak …

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Further remand for men on alleged farmhouse burglary

  THE four alleged burglars of a rural Clare farmhouse, here a 95-year -old man was asleep last Friday, were further remanded in custody at a court sitting on Wednesday (today). At Ennis District Court, the four Limerick men appeared in court via video link from Limerick prison and Inspector Tom Kennedy applied to the court that the case be put back for two weeks to allow the get the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) get directions. In the case of the four, Judge Patrick Durcan remanded all four in custody to re-appear in court on January 24. Two of the four, Paul Kiely (30) of Glencairn, Dooradadoyle, Limerick and Edward Woodland (18) of Greenmount Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston, Limerick have consent to bail if they can provide an independent surety, but they have not provided an independent surety to date. In the case, three of the alleged Limerick burglars fled from a farmhouse after discovering that the sole occupant was a man in his 90s …

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€128,000 of damage to ‘gutted’ Tinerana House

A COURT has heard more than €128,000 worth of damage was caused to Tinerana House during a burglary that “gutted” the Killaloe mansion, which is now owned by the son of Euromillions winner Dolores McNamara. It emerged that although €10,000 worth of antique light fittings and fixtures were stolen from the property, these were sold on for the nominal sum of €1,355 to a scrap metal depot. Jeffrey Lee, 44, with an address at 25 Cosgrave Park, Moyross pleaded guilty to the burglary of Tinerana House, Ballycuggeran, Killaloe on a date unknown between August 17, 2013 and September 14, 2013. A co-accused Declan Browne, 27, from Lakyle, Ardnacrusha, but who is currently living with a relative in Clonlara, pleaded guilty to handling stolen property at Clare Circle Metals, Ballysimon Road, Limerick on September 13, 2013. They both appeared before Ennis Circuit Criminal Court this week, where the sentencing judge was given an overview of the facts in the case. Detective …

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Warning to householders on burglaries

Following the publication today (Friday) of the Central Statistics Office (CSO) third Quarterly Household Survey, householders are being urged to remain on their guard in the run up to the Christmas period. In the 12 month period up to the end of September 2015, 28,407 burglary and related offences were recorded nationwide (CSO 2015). Of these burglaries 386 were recorded in the Clare Garda Division, an increase of 42 in the previous 12 month period (CSO 2015). Commenting on the number of burglaries, PhoneWatch managing director, Eoin Dunne said, “The annual statistics serve as an important reminder to us all about the importance of protecting our homes. The steady continuance in burglary and related offences is truly alarming and indicates that the level of burglary has not decreased as the economy improves. We are urging all householders to remain vigilant, especially in the run up to Christmas, which is peak season for opportunist burglars.” According to data released by PhoneWatch’s Alarm Receiving Centre, burglars …

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New campaign to combat burglary

Crimestoppers, together with the Garda Síochána and PhoneWatch, has launched a new campaign to combat the problem of burglary. The campaign is calling on members of the public to be vigilant for suspicious activity and to make themselves aware of the straightforward measures they can take to minimize the risk of burglary. The most recent figures from the Central Statistics Office say that from mid-2014 to mid-2015 there were 28,830 burglaries reported in Ireland. This was an increase of 2,241 (8.4%) from the 26,589 burglaries reported from mid-2013 to mid-2014. Crimestoppers is advising householders that there are a number of measures that they can follow to keep their home safe and protect themselves against burglars: * Secure all windows and doors. * Light up you home and use timer switches when out. * Sign up to your local Community Alert and Neighbourhood Watch schemes. * Consider installing a monitored alarm and installing outside lights. Ensure the alarm comes with an …

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