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Citizens' Arrest

Recently, due no doubt to the financial difficulties being experienced by so many, there has been a huge increase in burglaries in all parts of Ireland. Money, cars, lead and other metals, have been stolen - usually from the elderly and from churches. There are so many break-ins happening that often nobody is arrested for the crime.

The other day, however, three young men were not so lucky. They were sizing up the house of an elderly couple in a rural area when they were noticed by one of the local community watch. He texted around to others of the watch. About 40 turned up, caught the trio who tried to escape through the fields, and handed them over to the gardaí (police).

Every local community needs to set up a watch like that. It is in their own interest.