Stole ham roll

Wicklow People - - NEWS -

AN ARK­LOW man who stole a ham roll and a can of Coke worth €4 was told that it could just be the ‘most ex­pen­sive ham roll he ever got’ at Ark­low Dis­trict Court.

Ben Boland of 16 Meadow’s Lane was charged with com­mit­ing the of­fence at Dunnes Stores, Bridge­wa­ter Cen­tre, Ark­low, on Novem­ber 29, 2016.

The court heard that he or­dered the roll and walked out with­out pay­ing for it or the drink.

A charge of in­tox­i­ca­tion in public at Brad­shaw’s Lane, Ark­low, was also brought in re­la­tion to an in­ci­dent on Oc­to­ber 8, 2016. The court was told that gar­daí found Boland ly­ing down vom­it­ing and ar­rested him for his own safety.

Judge Alan Mitchell im­posed fines to­talling €250 and warned that, in fu­ture, it would be wise to pay for an item in the shop rather than hav­ing to face a court fine which is in­fin­itely more ex­pen­sive. NINE horses per­ished in a se­ri­ous fire which de­stroyed a large barn near Blessington last Tues­day, July 18.

The blaze is re­ported to have bro­ken out shortly af­ter 6 p.m. and calls from con­cerned neigh­bours flooded in to Wick­low Fire Ser­vice.

Such was the ex­tent of the fire, it could be seen for miles around. A fire crew from Blessington was dis­patched at 6.25 p.m. to Bal­ly­nascul­logue Lower, Old­court, and when of­fi­cers reached the scene, the barn was cov­ered in flames and smoke.

Of­fi­cers quickly re­alised that the premises was used as sta­bles and con­cern for the an­i­mals grew when no sounds could heard com­ing from in­side the build­ing.

Within min­utes of the crew start­ing to fight the fire, the roof col­lapsed and, given the na­ture of the in­ci­dent, a de­ci­sion was made to re­quest the wa­ter tanker from Naas Fire Sta­tion, which was mo­bilised with an ad­di­tional fire crew.

‘Fire crews re­mained on scene for the fol­low­ing three hours ex­tin­guish­ing the fire and as­sist­ing gar­daí by re­mov­ing metal sheet­ing and col­lapsed sec­tions of the build­ing from the bod­ies of the horses in­side. Fire crews noted nine dead horses at the scene be­fore hand­ing over to gar­daí,’ said a spokesper­son for Wick­low Fire Ser­vice.

Gar­daí are cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing how the blaze started.

The road clo­sure on the R747 on Mon­day morn­ing.

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