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Armed locals pursued burglars for hours after home was ransacked

Armed locals pursued burglars for hours after home was ransacked

CCTV still of burglars at Gerry Gorby's home; Gerry Gorby (right)
CCTV still of burglars at Gerry Gorby's home; Gerry Gorby (right)
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A group of locals, some of whom were armed, pursued burglars for hours after a recent burglary in rural Ireland.

The story is part of tonight's Prime Time on RTE whe re they will examine the impact of burglary gangs in Ireland.

The programme features CCTV footage of gangs breaking into homes as well as video from An Garda Siochana of pursuits by the Garda helicopter.

Footage of burglars entering the home of Leitrim publican Gerry Gorby is also shown.

Gorby reveals to reporter Fran McNulty that a group of locals, some of whom were armed, searched for the raiders after their getaway car crashed.

Gorby tells the show: "A good gang of lads got out, even the local gun club got out with lights, tried to pursue them through the fields for about four hours in all. They were looking in all the fields around the area to try and get them."

Reporter Fran McNulty then asks the publican: “Were some of those people armed?"

Mr Gorby confirms they were and adds: "We don’t know that would have happened if we came across them, that’s the frightening thing for them and for the other people in pursuit of them."

The programme also featured the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) President Antoinette Cunningham, who raises concerns over policing these crimes.

"The concern for the AGSI is, Operation Thor is primarily run from an overtime budget. And any policing initiative that relies on an overtime budget is liable to be susceptible if that money is taken away."

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Trapeze artist (53) sues Fossett Brothers Circus over injury at show

Trapeze artist (53) sues Fossett Brothers Circus over injury at show

Amanda Bratby from Navan Co. Meath pictured leaving the Four Courts Pic:Collins Courts
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A High Court case in which a circus performer claimed she was injured when hit on the back by a piece of equipment during a big top grand finale has been struck out.

Trapeze artist Amanda Bratby said she bent down to put on her finale shoes when she was struck forcefully on the back by a piece of steel tubing which was a prop which is normally used to secure the tight wire.

Ms Bratby said she had completed her trapeze act and was waiting with other performers in an area behind the circus stage for the commencement of the grand finale when the accident happened.

Ms Bratby (53), of Coolfore Road, Navan Co Meath sued Fossett Brothers Circus Ltd with offices at The Grange, Lucan, Co Dublin as a result of the accident on October 11, 2012. Liability had been conceded and the case was before the court for assessment of damages only.

After talks between the parties on Thursday Ms Justice Bronagh O'Hanlon was told by John Mc Donagh SC, for Ms Bratby, the case could be struck out.

She had claimed there was an alleged failure to ensure a heavy prop was properly secured and an alleged failure to provide a safe place of work.

Ms Bratby claimed she was greatly restricted in her work activities due to stiffness and pain and was unable to achieve an earning capacity equal to her pre accident level and was unable to do her trapeze act as confidently as previously.

She said she had three days in bed after the accident because of pain said she still suffers back pain and works at a petting farm.

She said she had expected to work as a trapeze artist and also with her ponies in the ring.

"I could have been a circus ring master," she told the court.

She agreed she did nine shows in Holland months after the accident but could only do very basic tricks on the trapeze and could not swing and had worked to a curtailed schedule in 2013.

Put to her by Fibbarr Fox SC, for Fossett, that she earned two and a half times more after the accident than before and how could she stand over her claim that she earned less, Ms Bratby said "I can't , can I?"

Following the cross examination, Ms Justice O'Hanhlon said she would give a five minutes recess and said another day at hearing would incur further legal costs. The judge said she did not think Ms Bratby understood the argument about her earnings.

After talks, counsel for Ms Bratby said the case could be struck out.

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