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A man whose elderly father was robbed in his Townparks home over Christmas has blasted local police for their 'lack of interest or action'.

The attack on the 81-year-old took place sometime on Friday, December 23 or Saturday, December 24 when it is believed two or more men entered his home at Cavalier Court.

They hit the pensioner on the head, rendering him unconscious, and stole £80 to £100 from his pocket. 
At the weekend he was still in hospital recovering from head injuries.

Dissatisfied with the police's handling of the case, his family are appealing for help from the public to catch those responsible by dropping leaflets through letterboxes in the area.

The victim's son told the Antrim Guardian: " The incident was reported to the police on Boxing Day and as yet we have seen no action other than my father and my family being interviewed.

“I was advised that house to house enquiries would be carried out but I called to my father's next door neighbors on Thursday, December 29 and it was the first they had heard about it."

He added: "I have been chastised by the police for distributing the leaflets but I am not trying to worry elderly people, just make them aware of the dangers."
(Source: Antrim Guardian)


A young Newry man’s Boxing night celebrations came to an abrupt halt when he became the victim of a hit-and- run incident.  Sources close to the 18 year old victim claim he was callously mown down by the vehicle in the Corn Market area of Newry, as he made his way to meet friends.  The driver then appeared to maliciously reverse back over the man before speeding off leaving her victim for dead.

According to friends of the man, the female driver was from the traveling community and the 18 year old was simply the innocent victim of the aftermath of a scuffle of which he had no part in.  Our source told The Examiner that the injured man was on his way to meet another group of friends when he walked past a heated argument taking place around the vehicle in question.  As he crossed the road in Corn Market he was hit by the dark coloured vehicle driven at speed by the female driver. She then reversed over her victim causing serious injuries and fled in the vehicle.

The 18 year old is now in a stable condition in Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital where he is recovering from multiple injuries to his lower body.


Carlow Fire Services were forced to cut the roof off a car after it was involved in a serious two-vehicle collision on Friday.

Gardaí and fire crews rushed to the scene of the accident on the Portlaoise Road late Friday afternoon and the road was closed as they dealt with the smash.

A silver Honda and a van were involved in the accident, which happened on the N90 between Carlow town and Ballickmoyler.

It is believed that the 12-year-old Honda was so badly damaged in the accident that members of the fire brigade had to cut the entire roof off the vehicle to free trapped passengers.

It is unclear the number of people involved and the seriousness of their injuries, but the Honda was completely written off.

Munnelly’s Auto Salvage was called to the scene to remove the remains of the vehicles before the road was finally reopened to traffic.

(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)


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Gardaí discovered 54 cannabis plants in a house near Ballyconnell Monday of last week. A Czech national appeared before a sitting of Virginia District Court last week (Tuesday) charged with cultivating the cannabis plants with a street value of €22,400. Ladislav Ruc of Old Rectory, Mullaghduff, Cavan, was remanded in custody to appear again in court on Tuesday.

He was charged with cultivating the drug at Old Rectory, Mullaghduff, on January 2, 2012. He was also charged with possessing the drug on the same occasion.

Judge Sean MacBride remanded the defendant in custody to Castlerea on his own bond of €500 to appear at Ballyconnell District Court Tuesday.
(Source: The Anglo Celt)


Clare recorded the second highest drop in asking prices for houses in Munster over the past year, according to detailed analysis conducted by a national property website.

The asking prices index has revealed house prices in Clare dropped by a massive 17.4% to an average of €160,876 at the end of 2011, which represented a 47.5% slump from the peak a few years ago.