Garda raid after attack on Jimmy
The gang members that attacked a 94-year-old man and his wife while burgling their home in Roscrea, Co Tipperary, last weekend are suspects in a spate of burglaries in Munster and Connacht over the past two years.
The gang has been suspected for some time of home invasion-type robberies around the country as well as significant thefts from boats in Dun Laoghaire harbour, but had been quiet recently as one member was in jail.
During the attack on former Tipperary hurler Jimmy Campion and his wife Mary (87), the robbers struck Mr Campion over the head with his own walking stick. The raiders escaped with a small amount of cash.
Yesterday morning gardai raided a number of premises including a halting site. They seized clothing, mobile phones and other items thought to be linked to the Roscrea raid.
Gardai said those involved in the Roscrea incident were particularly violent. The assault on Mr Campion left him needing several stitches for head wounds. The gang also ransacked the couple's home.
A senior officer told the Sunday Independent: "Our inquiries and searches were not about arrests at this stage, but were part of an evidence-gathering operation. The results will be included in a file on the incident."
Mr Campion is said to be making a good recovery from his injuries after being discharged from the Midland Regional Hospital, in Portlaoise, last week.