Criminal Assets Bureau carry out searches in Clare

Criminal Assets Bureau carry out searches in Clare

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

A number of searches are currently under way in Counties Clare, Limerick and Tipperary led by members of the Criminal Assets Bureau.

The searches are being conducted as part of ongoing investigations into the purchase of land, vehicles and other assets by organised criminal groups based in the region. The operation is being led by Bureau Officers assisted by members of the Regional Support Unit and local Gardaí.

Searches have are being carried out a number of locations including private residences and business premises. Documentation, mobile phones, devices and computer equipment have been seized.

There are no arrests planned during this phase of the investigation.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick.

Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station’s flagship current affairs programme.

He was also the station’s News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day.

As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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