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Gardaí warn of latest phone and text scam

GARDAÍ and the Department of Social Protection are advising the public to be aware of fraudulent phone calls and texts requesting their personal data. Gardaí say they are aware of a recent scam where members of the public have been receiving phone calls and texts from persons fraudulently advising they are a named official of the Department of Social Protection and being advised their PPS number has been compromised. The person receiving the call is then requested to verify their name, PPS number, and, in some cases, bank account details. This personal data will then be used by the persons calling for fraudulent purposes. Gardaí would like to advise members of the public to be wary of such calls and; • Do not engage with the caller or return the call • Never share personal information data with such callers or with people who make contact by text • A member of An Garda Siochana or a Department of Social …

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Cannabis worth over €20,000 seized in Newmarket-on-Fergus

GARDAÍ have seized cannabis with a value of over €20,000 follow a search of an apartment in the Main Street area of Newmarket-on-Fergus, on Friday. During the course of the search Gardaí discovered suspected cannabis plants (pending analysis). Cannabis with a value of over €20,000 has been seized. No arrests have been made at this time but Gardaí are following a definite line of enquiry. Investigations are ongoing.

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Investigation into suspicious approach to child in Clooney

GARDAI are investigating reports of a suspicious approach to a child outside Clooney National School on Wednesday afternoon. It is understood a male in a van approached a child and said that the child’s mother had asked him to pick the child up. However the child declined to go with the man, and he drove away. The incident occurred outside the school at around 3.05pm. Gardai have asked that anyone who saw anything suspicious or who has dashcam footage would get in touch with them. They have urged parents to warn their children not to accept any unsolicited lifts. In a subsequent email to parents, principal Shane Greene wrote, “This is an extremely serious and upsetting incident. I would ask that we all remain vigilant. parents should remind children not to leave the school grounds until their car is visible after school.” Owen Ryan

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Man in his 30s charged in relation to Ennis assault

A man in his 30s has been charged in relation to an assault that occurred in the Market area of Ennis on Thursday night. He is due to appear before a special sitting of Ennis District Court at 11am tomorrow (Saturday) morning. At around 6.20pm on Thursday evening, Gardaí were alerted to the assault. A woman in her late 20s was taken to University Hospital Limerick with what are described as serious injuries.

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Clare mechanic found with €250k of cocaine alleged to be ‘major player’ in drugs trade

A CLARE mechanic, who gardai claim is a “major player” in the wholesale distribution of drugs in Munster, was charged in Limerick District court this week with possession of cocaine, worth almost quarter of a million euro, which had been found by gardai in a car in Limerick. Anthony Sexton, (39), was arrested last Saturday, by members of the Limerick Divisional Drugs Unit (DDU), supported by the Garda Armed Support Unit (ASU). Gardai intercepted Mr Sexton driving a dark grey coloured Audi car on the R510, at Raheen, Limerick, and discovered three-and-a-half kilos of cocaine worth an estimated €247,500. The father of three, with an address at Cahaska, Corofin, appeared before Limerick District Court, charged with four offences, namely: possession of cocaine for sale or supply; possession of cocaine; possession of a flick knife; causing criminal damage to an official garda patrol jeep. Detective Garda Mark O’Sullivan, Limerick DDU, gave evidence that gardai “conducted an operation targeting drug trafficking offences” …

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Four cars seized in Clare

CLARE Gardaí have seized four cars and arrested one man on suspicion of drug driving as part of Operation Curb. Gardaí from the Divisional Roads Policing Unit carried out the operation on December 12. The purpose of Operation Curb is to detect and educate road users in relation to road safety and the dangers of modifying cars over the legal limit. Each car was seized under either Section 20 of the Road Traffic Act or Section 41 of the Road Traffic Act. A Garda public service vehicle inspector (PSV) examined the cars. The cars were seized to check if they had been modified in such a way that they posed a danger to themselves and other road users. Ten car in total were examined by the PSV inspector, four of which were found to be dangerously defective. One car, which has recently failed its NCT more than once, was found to have a major defect with its steering rod whilst …

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Garda appeal after bogus traders scam elderly lady

AN elderly woman was scammed by two bogus tradesmen in Ennis last week, with gardaí appealing to anybody who may have seen them to contact them. Last Tuesday at 12.20pm two men called to the home of the elderly lady on Considine Road. They told her that her attic needed to be insulated and asked could they go up and have a look. The lady showed them the attic opening and when they came down they said that it would cost a substantial amount of money to do the job. She gave them some of the money and they then said they would need the rest before they did the job. She left and went to the credit union and these two males waited outside for her to return, when she did they took the money from her and left. These males were seen in the area in a white van with roof ladders on the top between 12.20 and …

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Major cocaine and cannabis seizure in Spancilhill

GARDAI arrested three people and seized over €100,000 of suspected drugs in Spancilhill on Wednesday night. As part of an ongoing operation Gardaí from the Divisional Drugs Unit, assisted by the Armed Support Unit, executed a search warrant at a house in Spancilhill shortly before midnight. During the course of the search Gardaí seized €100,000 of cocaine and a quantity of cannabis herb. €1,600 of cannabis plants were also seized from a small grow house that had been set up inside the house. All of the suspected drugs will now be sent to Forensic Science Ireland for analysis. Two men, aged in their 20s and 40s, and a woman in her 30s were arrested at the scene and are currently detained at Garda Stations in Co. Clare under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996. Speaking at Ennis Garda Station today, Chief Superintendent Sean Colleran said “This is a significant seizure of suspected drugs by our Drugs …

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