Leitrim publican describes how locals, some armed, pursued burglars

A Co. Leitrim publican has described how locals, some armed, pursured burglars after they  tried to break into his home.

Gerry Gorby told RTE’s Prime Time programme how he disturbed the thieves at his Newtowngore home.

He ran into his bar and alerted locals who began a search which lasted several hours for the raiders after their getaway car crashed just outside the village.

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Mr Gorby says he doesn’t know what would have happened to either side if the group had caught up the burglars.

Antoinette Cunningham, President of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors said it’s up to Government to find ways of dealing with burglars and other criminals when they’re convicted so people who have had their homes violated feel they’re getting justice.