Beware bogus Irish Water staff - gardaí

Local gardaí are issuing a warning to people in Laois to be aware of bogus callers claiming to be representatives of Irish Water.

Local gardaí are issuing a warning to people in Laois to be aware of bogus callers claiming to be representatives of Irish Water.

Although there have been no reports of such hoaxes occurring so far in Laois, a garda spokesperson has revealed that incidents have been reported in other counties. It seems that opportunistic criminals have been calling to houses purporting to be Irish Water staff collecting application packages. The packages have been posted out to households and among the details asked for are PPS numbers.

The spokesperson has advised that no Irish Water representatives will be calling to homes to collect these packages. If anyone has any concerns, they can check out Irish Water’s website at www.water.ie, or contact the garda station.

In other crime news, the gardaí have recently arrested a man in connection with a number of burglaries in the area of Portlaoise.

The man in his early 30s has made admissions to a number of burglary offences and he is currently in custody.

However, while it’s good news that such an arrest has been made, the garda spokesperson has revealed that there were a number of burglaries over the last week within the Portlaoise area, with jewellery and cash taken.

There was also a burglary from a business premises in Mountmellick overnight between September 8/9. The spokesperson has confirmed that aluminium sheets and generators, red and white in colour, were taken. Anyone offered such items for sale should contact the gardaí.

And there were reports of electric cable stolen from ESB construction works around Portlaoise.

Anyone with any information can call Portlaoise Garda Station on 057 86 74100.