Dissident link to machinery scam
Police in the Republic have uncovered a dissident terrorist link to a €1m scam in stolen plant machinery.
The plant haul was stolen in a series of raids in the UK over the past five months and then transported to Ireland for “ringing” with false numbers and plates before being put on sale again.
Gardai recovered the machinery when they raided a number of rented warehouses at Balscadden, near Naul in north Co Dublin, at the weekend.
Inquiries into the identity of the gang behind the racket were stepped up last night with the aid of officers from Scotland Yard.
But gardai are already satisfied that members of a dissident republican gang are behind the fundraising scam, although they have not yet established its full extent.
The list of recovered machinery included eight telehandlers — which are mini telescopic cranes — six tractors and a number of 30-tonne track machine excavators.
A total of 15 plant machinery units as well as a number of smaller items, with a retail value of €1m (£844,600), were recovered from the warehouses.