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Gardai investigate spate of break-ins

GARDAI are urging people to minimise the degree of opportunity for criminals following a spate of break-ins around the county during the past week. Last Friday, between 10am and 2pm, two houses in Madden’s Terrace in Clarecastle were broken into. One house was ransacked in an effort to obtain property and some items of jewellery were stolen from the other house. Thieves made off with a Phillips flatscreen TV following a break-in to a house on Golf Links Road in Ennis while in Moveen Park, Kilkee a mobile home was broken into when the front door was forced open. A brown leather purse containing bank cards and a sum of money was stolen. Gardai are also investigating thefts in Broadford. Aluminium piping was stolen from a yards in Ballyquin while, on a different date, three car batteries were also stolen from a yard in Ballyquin. Clare Crime Prevention Officer, Sergeant Joe Downey said that a van or a pick up …

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Human Remains Found on Mutton Island

LOCALS have discovered what appear to be human remains in a shallow grave on Mutton Island off the coast of Quilty this week. The remains, which are believed to be historical in nature, were found on the Eastern side of the Island earlier this week. The skull and bones were discovered under approximately a foot of soil and it is believed that the remains may date back to famine times. Gardaí were transported by members of the Doolin and Kilkee Coast Guard to investigate on Wednesday. Further gardaí are expected to travel to the island at 2pm today, Friday, to examine the remains.

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Smash and Grab at Ennis Electrical

It is estimated that more than €15,000 worth of electrical equipment was stolen in a smash and grab burglary of Ennis Electrical in Parnell Street, Ennis overnight. Gardaí received a report at 3.12am on Wednesday morning that three males had broken into the electrical goods store having used a sledge hammer to break the door. It is understood that a quantity of electrical goods, including flat screen televisions, ipods, tablets and laptops were stolen in the incident with a value approximately €15,000, although the full cost will not be known until a full stock take is carried out. Gardaí say there are similarities between this incident and that of a burglary which occurred at Cassidy’s Pharmacy in Ennis last month. A silver Daewoo car, which was found out burnt out in Quin, is believed to have been used in the burglary and gardai are appealing to anyone who may have seen it, or any unusual activity in the Parnell Street …

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Robbery at Xtra Vision in Ennis

Gardaí in Ennis are still carrying out enquiries following the robbery of  the Xtra Vision store in the Market  early Monday morning, which was held up by a man brandishing what is believed to be a hammer. The incident occurred at approximately 7.30am, when the store was being opened by a member of staff. It is understood that the male employee was approached by a lone male, who was brandishing a weapon, after the alarm of the shop was de-activated. This person then made demands for cash from the employee. The suspect is understood to have had a hoodie covering his head, shielding his identity. The employee was not injured in the incident, which lasted a matter of minutes and the culprit fled the scene having stolen a quantity of cash. It is not yet clear in what direction he travelled. Gardai are currently gathering and viewing CCTV from the property and other businesses in the town. A description of …

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70 ‘Drunk Driving’ Arrests in Clare this Year

Eleven people were arrested on suspicion of drunk-driving in County Clare over the June Bank Holiday weekend, bringing the total number of people to have been arrested on suspicion of drunk-driving in Clare since January to 70 people. Speaking about the level of drunk-driving in the county, Clare’s Chief Superintendent, John Kerin said the 11 arrests over the June Bank Holiday weekend represent an increase of 17%, or 10 arrests, for the crime on last year. “One might say 10 isn’t an awful lot but there are still 70 people now arrested in Clare in the first five months for drunken driving. It was 60 this time last year and 11 people driving over the legal limit in a week in a county like Clare is significant and it’s worrying,” he said. He added that what made the figure all the more stark was that some of those people detected were caught at various times of the day. “One person …

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83% Reduction in Clare Road Deaths since 2007

ROAD deaths in Clare have seen an 83% reduction since 2007. This places Clare in the top five counties in terms of the reduction in road deaths. The first year-on-year increase in the number of fatalities since 2005 came in 2013 and has been revealed in a recently published report by the Road Safety Authority (RSA). The publication looks at the number of road deaths in each county in Ireland, from 2007 to 2013, which placed County Clare in the top five safest counties, with the fewest number of fatalities. The report, entitled 2007 To 2013 Road Traffic Deaths by User Type and County, highlights the reductions in road fatalities in Clare between 2007 and 2013. However, while this statistic is a step in the right direction, tragically, since 2007, 23 drivers, three motorcyclists, two cyclists and eight pedestrians have been killed on roads in the county. Commenting on the report, Clare’s Chief Superintendent, John Kerin, said while the statistics …

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Cassidy’s Pharmacy Targetted in Smash and Grab

Gardaí are on the hunt for two men who broke into Cassidy’s Pharmacy in Ennis in the early hours of Tuesday morning after what has been described by gardai as a “smash and grab” incident. The premises, which is located on O’Connell Street , was targeted at approximately 2am by two men who “using a sledgehammer bashed in the door” of the well known pharmacy. It took the culprits approximately three minutes to break the glass to gain entry and clear shelves of cosmetics products before they were gone again. A senior garda said this was an unusual type of crime in that it was so “daring”, and described it as a “smash and grab” incident as it took so little time to execute. Gardaí believe high value cosmetics were the primary target as these were the only items stolen in the burglary.  The theft was over in a matter of minutes as the items were cleared from shelves onto …

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‘Citizen’s arrest’ helps Gardaí catch armed robber

A man in his late 20s has been arrested and is being detained at Ennis Garda Station after members of the public gave pursuit when a shop in Ennis was robbed at knifepoint on Friday morning. O’Connor’s shop in the Market in Ennis was held up at knifepoint on Friday morning at approximately 9.45pm. A female staff member was in the shop at the time and was confronted by a man who was wearing a hoodie and brandishing a knife. She handed over a sum of money to the man, who then fled from the shop in the direction of Parnell Street. Two members of the public observed the man fleeing and gave chase, catching up with him at the Parnell Street Car Park by the river wall. Gardai, who were alerted to the incident, promptly attended the scene and apprehended the suspect at this location. A knife and a sum of money was recovered as part of their investigation. …

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