GARDAI APPEAL FOR GREATER PUBLIC CO-OPERATION TO TACKLE BORDER CRIME

28 September 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The Gardai have appealed for people with information about dangerous driving activities and other criminal offences being carried out in areas close to the Border to co-operate with them in order to stamp the behaviour out.
The call was made at Monday’s meeting of Co Monaghan Joint Policing Committee by Garda Chief Superintendent Jim Sheridan, who also asked local public representatives to assist the Gardai in establishing Community Alert Schemes in areas where they had yet to be set up.
Several committee members expressed concern about the risk to their personal safety being run by residents in the Connons area who had joined together to attempt to counter incidents of criminal activity taking place in their locality.
A detailed outline of a number of incidents in which people from Connons had engaged in apprehending criminals was given to the meeting by local man Tom Conlon, who is a JPC community representative.
Mr Conlon referred to two recent incidents in which local people had caught individuals suspected of criminal behaviour and handed them over to the police, one a fortnight ago in which locals had “cornered” four people in an area close to the Finn River just north of the Border and held them there until members of the PSNI arrived. He also described an incident at a local market in which someone who had stolen money from a stallholder was “dealt with” by local people.
He expressed a concern, which he said existed in the Connons area, that the law was too much on the side of the criminal.
Clones Co Councillor Pat Treanor said it was a credit to the people of the Connons that they were getting together …

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