One woman and four men arrested in relation to this incident have been charged and are scheduled to appear before Cork District Court this morning, Tuesday 11th May 2021. All nine arrested in relation to this incident have now been charged or released from custody
Robbery in Cork City on May 10, 2021 – Man Arrested and Charged
Gardaí have arrested and charged a man in relation to a robbery in Cork city on May 10, 2021.
Shortly before 10.30am Gardaí on patrol in Cork city centre received a report of a possible robbery in which a woman had her phone stolen.
As Gardaí arrived on Grand Parade moments later, a man was seen involved in a struggle with the woman. Once the man saw Gardaí he dropped a mobile phone and took off running. Following a short foot chase the man, aged in his 30s, was arrested on North Main Street.
He was brought to Bridewell Garda Station where he was detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.
He has since been charged and is due to appear before Cork City District Court on May 26, 2021.
The woman did not require medical attention at the time of the incident.
Gardaí are investigating a serious assault that occurred on Magazine Road, Cork city at approximately 4.15pm this afternoon, 10th May 2021.
A man, aged in his 20s, was stabbed during the incident. He was taken to Cork University Hospital where his condition is described as serious but stable.
Following the search of a house in the Glasheen Road area of Cork, a man, aged in his 30s, was arrested and a knife was recovered.
The man is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 in Bridewell Garda Station.
Investigations are ongoing.
Gardaí have arrested a man and seized €44,000 of suspected cannabis plants in West Cork on May 9, 2021.
As part of an ongoing operation, Gardaí from the Divisional Drugs Unit in West Cork executed two search warrants at houses in Skibbereen and Ballydehob at around 3.30pm.
During the course of the searches Gardaí seized over 50 suspected cannabis plants at various stages of growth. The plants were discovered in greenhouses and outdoors.
A man was arrested and detained at Bandon Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 and was later released. A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The suspected drugs will be sent to Forensic Science Ireland for analysis.
Gardaí responded to reports of a disturbance in the Ravensdale Close area of Mahon, Cork yesterday evening, Sunday 9th May 2021.
A shot was discharged at approximately 5.15pm at the location, No injuries have been reported.
Throughout the evening, Gardaí carried out follow up searches at two residences in relation to the incident. Three vehicles were also searched.
A number of weapons were seized and a total of nine people were arrested. This included four men, a male juvenile and three women.
The male juvenile has since been released along with one another woman.
All four men remain detained at Cork Garda Stations.
Two women are set to appear before Cork District Court, this morning Monday 10th May 2021 at 10.30am.
Investigations are ongoing.
Cork based cardiologist Professor Carl Vaughan is encouraging anyone struggling with obesity to take immediate steps to look after their health.
Prof Vaughan has helped to develop a new programme in association with Cork-based Advanced Medical Services to identify people who are likely to be at future risk of developing significant cardiovascular disease, which is the number one killer of Irish people every year.
Speaking to RedFM News, Prof Vaughan says Covid has pushed the problem of obesity back into the spotlight:
“It was recognised early in the pandemic that people that were overweight tended to get sicker, with this virus, and that was observed in Italy and it was observed in our Intensive Care Units around Ireland as well. It became very obvious that a substantial number of patients coming in very sick with COVID-19 were overweight, and that they had other conditions that are also generated by being overweight, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
Armed Gardai rushed to the scene at Ravensdale Close, Mahon. A group of 8 men a group of men, some wearing balaclavas, arrived with weapons…
A number of weapons were also seized after a car was stopped near Mahon Shopping Centre, according to Virgin Media’s Paul Byrne.
Gardaí investigating a serious assault incident that occurred in Charleville, Co Cork on Friday 7th May 2021, are appealing for information.
Shortly after 5pm a man in his late 20s was seriously injured when he sustained a number lacerations in course of an altercation involving a group of people on Bakers Road, Charleville.
He was removed by Ambulance to University Hospital Limerick where his condition is understood to be stable. The scene was examined by local scenes of crime officers. No arrests have been made and enquires are ongoing.
Gardaí are appealing for witness to come forward. They are particularly appealing to those with camera footage (including dash cam) from the Bakers Road area at the time of the incident, to make it available to them.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardaí in Charleville on 063-21770 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.
Fraud Prevention Following Increase in Incidents
Gardaí are urging the public to spread the word of fraud prevention as people are falling victim to scams on a daily basis.
Gardaí have recently highlighted scams where people are pretending to be from An Garda Síochána, Social Welfare, the Attorney General’s Office, banks, delivery companies and other businesses.
Whilst the scammers may change their stories or methods, their goal is always the same – they want to access your sensitive information and get their hands on your money. Never give out your information be it over the phone, text or email.
Provisional figures show that this type of fraud has increased fivefold for the first 20 days of April 2021 compared to April 2019.
We need everyone to spread the word, people of all ages and all walks of life are falling victim to fraud on a daily basis. Anyone who rings, texts or emails you out of the blue and requests personal information such as bank details, they are not to be trusted. If the person who contacts you claims to be from someone you are associated with, carry out your own enquiries to find out if it’s genuine – but do not clink any links they send you or call the number they contact you from or that is stated in their email.
· A phone call from a number similar to the Garda Confidential Line contacts a person stating they are investigating fraud activity or investigating a crime and require your details to progress the investigation. The phone call comes from 0-1800-666-111. The actual Garda Confidential Line number is 1800-666-111 and does not make outgoing calls.
· A person or automated message tells you there is a warrant out for your arrest/an outstanding fine/ that your DNA has been found in a crashed car or on drugs seized and to prevent further action you are asked to make a payment.
· Phone calls and texts from persons fraudulently advising they are a named official of the Department of Social Protection and being advised your PPS number has been compromised.
· Calls, emails or correspondence from a sports club, i.e golf club, which advises you of a change in their banking details or request a new method of payment.
Fraud incidents of note during April 2021:
Cork – Injured party at a loss of near €9,000 after being informed their DNA was found at a crime scene. They were required to send their details on the assist the investigation
Detective Superintendent Michael Cryan of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau said “The golden rule is do not engage with people who contact you out of the blue looking for your personal information – plain and simple. Do not engage, do not call them back, do not click links, do not download apps, do not arrange to meet them, and do not give them your hard earned money. Never, ever give away personal data like pins, codes, passwords, PPS numbers or DOBs.
“If the person says they are form someone you do business with, or say they are from a club you are a member of, and they are seeking payment, check to ensure that this is coming from a legitimate source. Independently verify this information. Ring your local Garda station and report any attempted fraud.”
– 1 in 10 drivers admit to regularly texting while driving
– Risk of collision four times higher if using a handheld mobile phone while driving
– 66 people killed or seriously injured in May Bank Holiday crashes over last 5 years
An Garda Síochána and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) are urging drivers to put their mobile phones away when driving as new research from the RSA shows that 1 in 10 motorists admit to regularly texting while driving.
The Driver Attitudes & Behaviour Survey 2020 also revealed that 9% of motorists admit to driving and talking on a handheld mobile phone and 9% of motorists regularly check mobile apps while behind the wheel.
International research has found that you are four times more likely to crash if using a handheld phone while driving. Texting, using social media, or messaging increases the risk substantially. In fact, drivers spend up to 400% more time with their eyes off the road when text messaging than when not texting messaging.
Inspector Ian O’Callaghan, Cork West Divisional Roads Policing Unit, said: “Any interaction with a mobile phone while driving is dangerous behaviour that affects your ability to drive safely and puts the user and others at risk. Last year, An Garda Síochána issued 24,474 Fixed Charged Notices to drivers for using a mobile phone while driving. If you are detected driving with a phone in your hand, or cradled in the crook of your neck, you face a fixed charged notice of €60 and 3 penalty points on your driving licence. If you accumulate 12 penalty points (7 for novice and learner drivers) you will be disqualified from driving for 6 months. If you choose not to pay the fixed charge and are then subsequently convicted in court, you’ll face five penalty points and a fine of up to €2,000. The message here is simple – when you’re behind the wheel of a car, your only focus should be your driving, and certainly not your mobile phone.”
Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Ms. Hildegarde Naughton said: “In today’s world, mobile phones demand more and more of our attention. International research has shown that the risk of a collision when using a handheld mobile phone is four times higher. Despite the warnings, the threat of penalty points, the constant reminders of the dangers, some people are still refusing to heed the message. With the loosening of travel restrictions and the opening of outdoor sports facilities and visitor attractions, more people will be on the road this Bank Holiday Weekend. Many of whom will still be getting used to being behind the wheel of a car again. The message is simple, put the phone away while driving and take extra care on the roads this May Bank Holiday weekend.”
Mr Sam Waide, Chief Executive, Road Safety Authority said: “If you take your eyes off the road for just one second, a car moving at 50km/h will travel 14 metres – that’s approximately four car lengths. That is 14 metres where a driver is not paying attention to the road. Taking a call, sending a text or checking your apps while driving is dangerous behaviour which could result in catastrophic consequences for you or some other road user. So put the phone away, it is not worth the risk. Nothing is that urgent that it cannot wait until you are safely parked up. If you know someone is driving, avoid phoning them, it can wait until later. With the Bank Holiday approaching we are asking motorists to get into the habit of putting your phone away before setting off on a journey – either turn your mobile phone off, switch it to airplane mode, put it on silent or simply put it out of sight.”
A total of 8 people have been killed and 58 people seriously injured over the May Bank Holiday weekend between 2016-2020.
To date in 2021, a total of 39 people have died on Irish roads, 14 less than the same period in 2020.