Saturday 16 December 2017

Surveillance of gang was called off just before horror raid

Garda HQ has denied the allegation
Garda HQ has denied the allegation

Paul Williams

An undercover surveillance operation on members of a violent Dublin crime gang was stood down three hours before they staged a terrifying raid on the Corcoran family in Co Tipperary.

The Irish Independent has learned a team of officers from the National Surveillance Unit (NSU) - backed up by heavily armed members of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) - had been secretly tailing the seven-member mob after gardaí received intelligence they were planning a robbery on the night.

A source has claimed the operation was stood down around midnight in the belief that the gang was not going to go ahead with a robbery that night. Garda HQ denies the allegation.

It is also understood the gang agreed to plead guilty on Thursday on condition a recording of the "harrowing" 999 call from the family home was not played in court.

Irish Independent

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