‘Rathkeale Rovers’ jailed for €73million rhino horn theft plot

first_imgLimerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” News‘Rathkeale Rovers’ jailed for €73million rhino horn theft plotBy Staff Reporter – April 7, 2016 1337 Museum held rhino horns were the target of the gangTHIRTEEN members of the criminal gang known as the “Rathkeale Rovers” have been jailed for almost seven years for plotting to steal Rhino horns and museum artefacts.On Monday, seven of a 14 member traveller gang with connections to Ratheale in County Limerick were jailed at Birmingham Crown Court for their parts in a number of break-ins and plotting to steal the rhino horns with an estimated value of €73 million.This Monday, Richard Kerry O’Brien, John Cash O’Brien, Danny Flynn, Paul Pammen, Alan Clarke, Daniel Turkey O’Brien and Donald Chi Cheong Wong were sentenced by Judge Murray Creed,Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mr Wong was described in court as a London-based intermediary who would find buyers for the stolen items and made frequent trips to Hong Kong.Judge Murray Creed heard that although the items stolen in two of the raids were valued at £17 million, police believe buyers would have paid upwards of three times that value on the illegal markets.The judge said that the plans and the thefts were part of “an extremely sophisticated conspiracy”.The judge said the operation to “plunder” rhino horn, carved horn and jade items started off on a “small-scale”basis in January 2012 but after initial failures and botched thefts – in one case the burglars forgot where they had hidden their haul – their planning finally paid off.“It was serious organised crime. This criminal enterprise “involved very high value goods with significant harm caused to victims, both museums and members of the public who would otherwise have viewed the material stolen.Describing it as a sophisticated enterprise that was both “skilled and persistent,” the judge said that it had spanned England, Scotland and Ireland adding that members of the O’Brien family, based in Rathkeale, had been at the heart of that conspiracy.Richard “Kerry” O’Brien Jr, (31), of Cambridgeshire and also of Rathkeale, was jailed for five-and-a-half years.John “Cash” O’Brien, (68), of Fifth Avenue in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands was jailed for five years and three months.Daniel “Turkey” O’Brien, 45, Orchard Drive, Smithy Fen, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire was jailed for six years and eight months.Daniel Flynn,45, and also of Orchard Drive, Smithy Fen, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, was jailed for four years despite the judge saying he played a lead role in the enterprise. However his sentence was reduced based on “the fragility of his mental health”.Donald Wong, (56) with an address in London was described by the judge as “a buyer, seller and valuer” and was jailed for five-and-a-half years.Paul Pammen, (49), of Alton Gardens in Southend-on-Sea and Alan Clarke, (37) of Melbourne Road in Newham, London, were both jailed for five-and-a-half years each.John “Kerry” O’Brien, (26), of Orchard Drive, Smithy Fen, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire – but also of Rathkeale, Co Limerick, was jailed for six-and-a-half years.Terrence McNamara, of Marquis Street in Belfast, was jailed for four years.Michael Hegarty (43), also of Orchard Drive in Cottenham, and Rathkeale, was jailed for six-and-a-half years.Richard Sheridan, (47) of Water Lane in Smithy Fen, was jailed for five and half years.Patrick Clarke, aged 34, of Melbourne Road, Newham, London, was also jailed for five-and-a-halfAshley Dad, (35), of Crowther Road in Wolverhampton, was jailed for five years and three months.The group’s targets included Durham University Oriental Museum, the Norwich Castle Museum in Norfolk, a robbery at Gorringe’s Auction House in East Sussex and a burglary at Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.A 14th man had already been convicted and sentenced for his part in the crime, last year.There is high demand for rhino horns in China, where they are used in highly controversial preparations of traditional Chinese medicine.In recent years, prices of drinking cups made of sculpted rhinoceros horns also have soared in the Chinese art market. WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebook Print Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter Email Linkedincenter_img WhatsApp Advertisement TAGSCourtjaillimerickRathkeale Roversrhino horns Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Previous article#Limerick news briefs – Hammer attack – Counterfeit notes – Dundons appealNext articleMajor media names for Limerick Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie last_img read more

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No Eva, they never will

first_img Email the author Published 3:02 pm Friday, August 6, 2010 Skip Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Book Nook to reopen By Jaine Treadwell No Eva, they never will Latest Stories You Might Like Photography exhibit chronicles history The newest exhibit at the Johnson Center for the Arts in Troy offers a unique opportunity to see our local… read more Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day The first time I remember Eva McLelland was a decade or more go when she called to ask if we would be interested in running one of her poems in the newspaper.“Let me read you one,” she said. She read it, and then she questioned me on it.“What did that poem mean to you?” The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Print Article Then one day she asked me to come out to her “ranch” near Goshen. The ranch house was a trailer, filled with boxes. I couldn’t tell if she was moving in or out. I left with some poems she had written but stopped short of saying that we could run them in the newspaper.Enough time passed that I was surprised to hear her voice on the telephone. Excitedly, she told me that she had won a poetry contest. It was a prestigious honor. She has been invited to the presentation ceremony, if I remember right, in California. But her husband wouldn’t agree to let her go.I didn’t know she had a husband.She said that he didn’t like to be around people. Eccentric, reclusive.When I went out to read the information about the poetry award she was to receive, Eva’s husband appeared at the edge of a wooded area. At a glace, he appeared to be wearing a shirt and boots.I didn’t find that too surprising.Surprising was being met at the door by a man in his birthday suit yelling, “Welcome aboard!”I took it all in stride.Eva said her husband stayed in the woods often to hide from the helicopters that flew over looking for him.I wanted to ask who was looking for him and why but I thought better of that.Eva didn’t go to the awards ceremony and that was a great disappointment. I told her that I would have left Tarzan in the trees and left on the next fast train west.“Boxes” brought to mind the times Eva hung up the phone in the middle of a poem because the phone was “bugged.” I thought that was odd but, looking back on it, ifNik was Howard Hughes, or thought he was, he had reason to think the phone was bugged and to hide in the woods.“Boxes” is an interesting read. And, I couldn’t help but think, now this could be … no … … maybe. But truth is often stranger than fiction.And, if Eva McLelland’s story is true and the real Howard Hughes was living right here among us then true is stranger than fiction.But whether the story is true or not, I think Eva believed it to be.That’s what I “get” from her poem, “Joys of Yesteryears – Today’s New Sorrows.”Joys of yesteryearsAre today’s new sorrows.Ne’er for one moment, add timeThat one borrows.Hold fast to the beliefThat in one moment of relief,Time reverts to predestiny –To erase a present calamity,And set everything straightBefore it’s too late.“Will they ever believe me?” she asked.“No. They never will,” he answered.It’s too late, she wrote. Honestly, I had half listened so I stumbled with an answer. I could tell that she was disappointed and I was sorry that I had not listened.“Do you have another?”That time I listened.Over the next few months, Eva called often. “I’ve got another poem.” I listened with both ears. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits A friend gave me a bumper sticker that read: Never let the truth stand in the way of a good story.Why she gave it to me, don’t know.But I thought of that last night when I was reading “Boxes: The Secret Life of Howard Hughes.” What a great story, the truth not withstanding. Sponsored Content By The Penny Hoarder Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Governor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service

first_img Flag Order,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all commonwealth flags at the Capitol Complex and throughout the state to be lowered to half-staff in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.All commonwealth flags should be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, October 8, 2017.Per an order from the White House, the United States Flag has also been ordered to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, October 8, 2017. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter October 08, 2017center_img Governor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Servicelast_img read more

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U.S. weekly offshore rig count flat at 12

first_imgThe number of active offshore rigs in the U.S. is down to 12 units, according to the latest weekly rig count report by Baker Hughes, a GE company. Baker Hughes Rig Count: U.S. +10 to 1,003 rigsU.S. Rig Count is up 10 rigs from last week to 1,003, with oil rigs up 11 to 808, gas rigs unchanged at 194, and miscellaneous rigs down 1 to 1.U.S. Rig Count is up 164 rigs from last year’s count of 839, with oil rigs up 136, gas rigs up 29, and miscellaneous rigs down 1 to 1.The U.S. Offshore Rig Count is unchanged at 12 rigs and down 10 rigs from last year’s count of 22.Baker Hughes Rig Count: Canada -23 to 111 rigsCanada Rig Count is down 23 rigs from last week to 111, with oil rigs down 23 rigs to 48 and gas rigs unchanged at 63.Canada Rig Count is down 21 rigs from last year’s count of 132, with oil rigs up 6 and gas rigs down 27.last_img read more

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Haliade-X 12 MW Turbine Tower Rising

first_imgGE Renewable Energy has installed three out of four tower sections which will support the prototype Haliade-X 12 MW wind turbine at Maasvlakte in the Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.The final tower section will be installed once the nacelle arrives at Maasvlakte during the summer, GE Renewable Energy said.The Haliade-X 12 MW nacelle is currently being assembled in Saint-Nazaire, France, and its 107-metre long blades are being manufactured at LM Wind Power site in Cherbourg, France.The prototype turbine will be installed onshore to facilitate collection of data during the initial period of operations which is needed to obtain the Type Certificate in 2020 and ship first commercial units in 2021.Back in June, GE Renewable Energy announced that the Haliade-X 12 MW nacelle and the 107-metre blade will be shipped to ORE Catapult’s testing facilities in Blyth, UK, as part of an advanced technology testing programme that will focus on enhancing the platform before it enters into serial production.last_img read more

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