7 March 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

GARDAI in Monaghan have confirmed that a man was arrested this week as part of an investigation into what they call “a number of serious incidents” involving a black vehicle suspected of illegally offering taxi services to members of the public. The arrest is understood to be linked to a serious assault and robbery carried out on a man who accepted a lift to the Clontibret area after pre-Christmas festive celebrations with friends and colleagues, and also to an incident in early February in which a woman had to jump from a vehicle in the Ballinode area when it attempted to pull away before she got out.

In the Clontibret case, it was reported to gardai that when the “taxi” arrived at the man’s home, its driver assaulted him from behind and stole a pay packet containing upwards of €500. In the more recent Ballinode case the lady and her boyfriend had taken a lift from Monaghan, but when the man exited and was about to pay the driver, the vehicle is reported to have started moving again while the woman was still in it. A man was arrested and questioned in relation to these incidents this week and a file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Garda have expressed thanks to the public for their assistance in this and have again reminded people to be vigilant when out socialising. They emphasised in particular that it it was important for people to use…

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