Clean Up continues following overnight fire in Galway Laundrette

A fire has destroyed a Laundrette, cars and adjoining premises following a blaze in Bohermore, Co. Galway overnight.

The fire is believed to have occurred at around midnight at the Shannon Dry Cleaners.

Several units of Galway Fire Service attended the blaze and worked through the night in dealing with the fire.

Buildings adjoining the Laundrette are believed to have been badly damaged as a result of the fire while vehicles which were parked outside the building were also destroyed.

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Gardaí review Road Traffic Collision documentation fees

An Garda Síochána has reviewed fees for documentation in relation to fatal road traffic collisions and serious injury traffic collisions following representations made to the Garda Commissioner.

A new policy will be implemented from 1sy January 2017, whereby:

– The introduction of a waiver of fees by An Garda Síochána in relation to collisions where a fatality has occurred.
– In cases of collisions resulting in a serious injury, fees to be capped at a cost of €1000.
– The standardisation of fees (in respect of non-serious injury and material damage collisions).
– In cases where the investigation is on-going, criminal proceedings are contemplated or initiated, or an inquest has not been completed by the Coroner, an amended abstract report form, containing “appropriate information” as per Section 106(4) of the Road Traffic Act 1961 as amended will be supplied free of charge.

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Five bodies found in County Cavan

Gardaí are investigating the discovery of five bodies, all of the same family, at a house at Oakdene, Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan.

The discovery was made at a house this morning. Among the dead are that of a man in his 40’s, his wife, a woman in her 30’s, and their there sons aged 13, 11 and 6.

Garda investigations are ongoing but gardai are not looking for anyone in relation to the deaths.

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Blue lights turn to Rainbow colours for Manchester Pride

Manchester became a city of rainbow colours over the bank holiday weekend as the Manchester Pride festival took place. Among the thousands who participated in the parade on Saturday afternoon were police, fire and ambulance personnel from the three services in the Greater Manchester area.

Over 200 police officers and staff from 17 stations took part in the parade with the Greater Manchester Police force while also having hundreds of other officers on operational duties to coincide with the festival.

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Greater Manchester Police (GMP) celebrated its 10th Anniversary of taking part in Manchester Pride.

Senior officers also took part in the celebrations including Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy, Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Steph Morgan and Lancashire’s ACC Andy Rhodes.

The Police also unveiled their special Manchester Pride helmets, the ‘BobbyDazzlers’ which were designed and kindly donated to them by Brett Dearden from Creative Headspace. Each hat has 5,000 tiles and took up to 15 hours to create. Two police officers who led the parade wore the hats. ‘BobbyDazzler’ designer Brett Dearden said “The fact this project has been realised has shown changing social values, and is dedicated to those who fight for equality.”

 

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The parade entry is organised by Police with Pride, which consists of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) representatives from forces across the North West who organise and promote the event nationally.

Darrelle Lynch, coordinator of GMP’s Lesbian and Gay Staff Affiliation (LAGSA), said: “This year has seen another fantastic response, with an increase in the numbers taking part and the number of police forces represented. It shows that confidence is increasing among our LGBT staff, who will again walk through the streets of Manchester proudly.

“Taking part in Pride will hopefully send out a strong message to LGBT communities that you can be gay or trans and work for the police. It should also give them confidence to talk to the police and report crimes in the knowledge that they will be taken seriously. We are committed to erasing hate crime in our communities, and anyone who has been targeted because of their sexual orientation or gender identity should always tell us, as we will take action.”

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This year’s GMP float displayed banners encouraging people to report hate crime, and explaining that the offence covers five main areas – disability, gender-identity, race, religion or faith and sexual orientation. A Greater Manchester police car was also converted into the GMP #RainbowCar which was positioned at Canal Street over the weekend and police officers provided support to members of the public.

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Firefighters, fire officers and staff from Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service (GMFRS) were joined by their neighbours at Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service in the parade. This is Cheshire’s eight year to join GMFRS attend the parade.

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The Fire Services used the opportunity to promote fire safety and encourage people to be much more aware of the dangers of fire and to show off their new-look pride fire engine.

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The theme for this year’s Manchester Pride was ‘Once Upon a Time’, a theme which was supported by all three services. Cheshire FRS focused on the recruitment of new whole-time firefighters. ‘Once upon a time’ there was a perception that you had to be male, straight and white to join the fire brigade. In contrast today’s fire and rescue service is an open and inclusive workplace, where everyone can make a difference regardless of gender, sexual orientation or background.

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Members of the North West Ambulance Service, which covers the Greater Manchester area were also out in force for Manchester Pride on Saturday. The ambulance service promoted sensible drinking and stay safe during the pride festival.

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Photos: (Greater Manchester Police Service, Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service, Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service, North West Ambulance Service)

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Lab explosion in Brussels not a Terror Attack

An explosion which occurred at the crime laboratories in a Brussels suburb has been downscaled by police as a criminal incident and not a terrorist attack. 

A car rammed through three fences, leading to an explosion and a large fire shortly before 02:30 local time. Media reports in Belgium said “one or more” suspects had set off a bomb near the laboratories. However, Police could not confirm that a bomb had exploded.

Belgium’s terror alert level remains high since bomb attacks on Brussels airport and the city’s metro in which 32 people were killed in March.

Police and emergency services attended the incident. No casualties were reported in the latest blast.

Pierre Meys, spokesperson for the Fire service described the blast as ‘extremely powerful’ and said it was ‘probably not accidental’. Up to 30 firefighters extinguished fires following the blast at the National Institute of Criminology.

The building is reported to have suffered significant damage as a result of the blast.

The lab is used by Forensic analysis linked to criminal cases but this is not the only laboratory of its kind linked to the police.

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Body recovered in search for Missing Army Corporal

Divers searching for man missing Westmeath man Gavin Carey, a Corporal in the Defence Forces, have recovered a body from the water at Tullan Strand in County Donegal this afternoon. His body was recovered by Boyne Fisherman’s Rescue & Recovery team.

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Gavin Carey, from Mullingar, Co. Westmeath was swimming with four other soldiers off Tullan Strand on Tuesday last when he got into difficulty. Two other members of the Defence Forces who were also swimming were rescued from the water.

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The massive search involved over 100 members of the Defence Forces assisted crews from the Irish Coast Guard, RNLI Units from Bundoran, Killybegs and Sligo, along with the Civil Defence, Mountain Rescue Teams and Gardai in the search which began last Tuesday afternoon.

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Corporal Carey was in Finner Camp attending a Military First Responder’s Course which he was completing as part of his pre-deployment training for UNIFIL. He was scheduled to deploy to South Lebanon with the 109th Infantry Battalion in November.

Corporal Carey’s next of kin are being assisted by Defence Forces Personnel Support Services

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Defence Forces Chief of Staff, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM offered his condolences to Corporal Carey’s family and friends. He said “My thoughts and sympathies are with Corporal Gavin Carey’s family and friends at this very difficult time. As a soldier, he espoused the values we as an organisation hold dear. I would like to thank each of the agencies that helped with the search. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”

Taoiseach Enda Kenny extended his sympathies to the Corporals family and to his colleagues at Custume Barracks, Athlone. Mr. Kenny said “Gavin served his country with pride and in the unheralded manner he and all his colleagues go about their business.”

The Irish Coast Guard has offered its sympathies to the Carey family and the Defence Forces.

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A planned Open Day which was due to take place at Custume Barracks in Athlone, where Corporal Carey was based was postponed as a mark of respect this morning, following the news of the discovery of his body.

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Defence Forces Memorial site should be a ‘No-Go’ for Pokémon Players

 

PDFORRA is asking the developers of Pokémon Go to remove the National memorial of Ireland’s Defence Forces personnel from the game. The group which represents army personnel says the inclusion of Pokémon Go at the Defence Forces memorial site is ‘highly disrespectful’.

The app requires players to travel to real world locations in order to collect virtual monsters. Merrion Square has over ten Pokestops and has been flagged by gamers as an area where they can catch Pokémons.

The group said the memorial gardens is a place of reflection and have suggested that several other sites around Dublin could be used instead.

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PDFORA – Permanent Defence Force Other Ranks Representative Association General Secretary, Gerry Rooney described two ‘Pokestop’ areas where players can collect items and power-ups for the game as “disrespectful”.

“There are plenty of other sites around Dublin that could be used. This should be a place for quiet reflection on the sacrifices that have been made. It’s not a place for playing a game on your phone to catch Pokémon. It’s quite disrespectful for them to do this”.

The National Memorial is dedicated to the 87 members of the Defence Forces, Óglaigh na hÉireann, who died in the service of the state

The memorial garden is a place of contemplation and remembrance, where families, relatives and members of the public can reflect on the sacrifice our fallen comrades have made for Ireland.

A Defence Forces spokesperson said “any behaviour that interferes with the public’s contemplation is inappropriate and disrespectful.”

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Search continues in Donegal for Army Corporal

Up to 100 soldiers from the Defence Forces are assisting the Irish Coast Guard and local Lifeboat crews in the ongoing search for a young soldier who is feared drowned near Tullan in County Donegal.

The Sligo based Rescue helicopter is involved in the search along with Lifeboat crews from Bundoran and Killybegs.

The corporal was on a training exercise at Finner Camp and went swimming with four other soldiers on Tuesday evening. The missing soldier, aged 28 and named as Gavin Carey, is based at Custume Barracks, Athlone and believed to be from the Mullingar area.

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The search was initially being concentrated along Roguey cliff and Tullan Strand in Bundoran and was later extended on Thursday about 10km in either direction to Tullaghan, Co Leitrim, and Creevy, outside Ballyshannon, Co Donegal.

Shane Smith of the Bundoran RNLI lifeboat said there was a “heavy swell” when the soldiers were swimming. He said “It is a great beach for surfing. It’s not a bad beach for swimming, it’s not the world’s worst. But there is quite dangerous current that runs alongside the cliff, which is why we presume the gentleman got into trouble.”

It is expected that more soldiers and search teams may get involved in the search over the weekend if required.

Campaign launched to combat farm related crime

A joint campaign was launched between An Garda SIochana, Crimestoppers, the IFA and DoneDeal. The campaign was launched on Monday 22nd August 2016 to combat the problem of farm related crime and thefts.

According to Gardaí, thousands of tools, vehicles and farm machinery and equipment are stolen from farms every year throughout Ireland. Since 2010, over 28,642 farm related crime incidents have been reported to Garda, including burglaries and vehicle, machinery and equipment theft, according to the latest CSO figures. The most common incidents are thefts from farm yards, with over 2,000 incidents being reported every year since 2010. The next most common occurrence is theft from outhouses or sheds, followed by burglary.

The campaign aims to raise awareness among the public and in particular those in the farming community, of the issue of thefts from farms. This initiative follows the joint campaign run by Crimestoppers and the IFA last year to combat livestock theft.

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Farmers are being reminded to sign up to the ‘TheftStop’ scheme. The joint initiative by the IFA and An Garda Síochána provides members with a unique Security I.D. Members can then mark their machinery and equipment with this I.D and upload an image of the item to the TheftStop site www.theftshop.ie . Marked and branded items are significantly less attractive to criminals to steal as they’ll be more easily recognisable by the public and harder to sell on.

Information on any suspicious activity can be given anonymously to the Crimestoppers confidential telephone service by calling 1800 25 00 25. Alternatively, information can be provided to your local Garda station.

Rolling Garda Van collides with Car & Three Pedestrians

An investigation is underway following an incident in Waterford City when a Garda Van which had arrived at the scene on John Street rolled down a hill and collided with a car and three pedestrians.

The incident happened at around 2.45am yesterday morning (Sunday 21st August)) when gardaí were dealing with an incident outside a nightclub on John Street. Emergency Times understands a garda van was requested to attend the scene and after it arrived, the van is believed to have rolled down a hill before colliding with the vehicle and pedestrians.

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Crews from Waterford City Fire Service and the Waterford based ambulance service were called to the incident.

The injured pedestrians were taken to University Hospital Waterford where their injuries and condition is described s ‘non-life threatening’.

EmergencyTimes.com is awaiting a statement from GSOC – Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission.

*Source and Photo: Waterford News & Star 

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