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Crime

First Garda text alert system planned for West Cork

CHIEF Supt Tom Hayes of Cork West Garda Division hosted an innovative conference involving all 70 Community Alert and Neighbourhood Watch groups in the Division in the Riverside Park Hotel in Macroom recently. The event which was organised by Crime Prevention Officer for the region Sgt Ian O’ Callaghan had a twin objective. Firstly to explain about the roll out of the new Text Alert system for West Cork and

Action needed on rural crime – alarming rise in certain offences says senator

FIANNA Fáil senator Denis O’Donovan says he’s extremely concerned about increases in certain crimes in the West Cork region. According to Senator O’Donovan, the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office reveal startling rises in assaults, theft, fraud and deception cases.   “These figures show a worrying rise in assaults and thefts in the third quarter of 2013. According to the CSO crime statistics there were 199 theft and related

Grozavu gets life for murder of John Forrester

A ROMANIAN man charged with the murder of John Forrester in Bandon in 2011 has been found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment by Mr Justice Paul Carney.   Ciprian Grozavu (39) of Bridge House, Sean Hales Place, Bandon had denied the murder of 42-year-old Mr Forrester in November 2011 claiming that Catherine O’Connor who had already admitted the murder had acted alone.

Cork garda station closures result in “little savings”

CORK North West TD Michael Moynihan has expressed his “outrage” at reports that the closure of six garda stations in Cork has resulted in “little or no savings”, while the impact on local communities has been “significant”.   It’s now reported that none of the garda stations that were shut down last year have been sold and the State has saved virtually nothing from the process.

Sentencing postponed for playground perv

  EXCLUSIVE   A MAN who has admitted to photographing young girls in their school uniforms at a playground in Ballydehob and masturbating has had his sentencing postponed while a report is completed by the Probation Services.   Judge James McNulty, sitting at a District Court hearing in Bantry this week, told Petras Petrikauskas (36) from Chapel Lane Skibbereen that while the charges were indeed very serious he was referring

Skibb crash driver gets seven years – victims tell court of “shattered lives”

by West Cork Times reporter   A 27-year-old Skibb man has been sent to jail for seven years and disqualified from driving for 30 years after an accident which claimed the life of one of his friends and left another woman a quadriplegic.   Sean Casey was driving five of his friends home after they spent a night drinking in a pub despite the fact he was more than four

€100,000 cannabis seizure near Macroom

GARDAÍ in Macroom have arrested four males following the seizure of cannabis plants with an estimated street value of approximately €100,000.   The discovery was made at around 10pm on Sunday, December 15th during a planned search at a house in Rusheen, about four miles from Macroom.