Australian arrest over bank robbery

The PSNI, have a two day extension for holding one of the bank officials they arrested a few weeks ago, and another man, said to be a former colleague of Chris Ward’s, has been arrested in Australia. It looks like the wheels may be going to grind very small in this case.

  • Seems like too many hands were in on this heist, and that can only raise the probability of a sucessful bust. If I was involved I’d be feeling distinctly edgy, and would scramble for plane tickets to a far way place like Australia.
    Oops in the light of the above news perhaps not.

  • seannaboy

    Honest, Guv, I did NOT know thon Chris Ward at all at all and yes I do support Celtic and I was at a couple of matches in casement park and I did walk past the Northern bank a couple of times both before and after the robbery and I have driven past Poleglass and and and……….

  • seannaboy,
    supposing the PSNI did solve this crime, would you give them credit?

  • seannaboy

    Spirit – Level, The same credit that police got for ‘solving’ the Birmingham or Guildford bombings or any of the hundreds of other similiar cases here in Ireland perhaps? An appalling vista, surely?

  • point taken, but with forensics and DNA at a much higher level, plus your criticism it’s unlikely any fit-ups for this crime would hold much water. PSNI are under pressure to get it right, to instill confidence.
    What do you think about the significance of holding chris ward for now seven days?

  • Northern FF

    Seannaboy

    Don’t you think it a bit disingenuous to equate the Birmingham 6 and Guildford 4’s innocence and terrible treatment to a case where no one has been charged?

    Or this is just another example of public lines being tried out?

    How could the PSNI get the right person, when the Brits banged up the Birmingham 6?

    Mmm. I’d try another one SB.

  • seannaboy

    Forensics and DNA may be of a higher level but the integrity of the police and judiciary is not. The recent cased of a man called Noel abernethy from Dungannon who the PSNI tried to ‘fit up’ for an attempted murder should start to sound alarm bells in every ones minds The significance of Chris Ward being held for seven days now? If the police had evidence on day 1 they should have charged him. It is obvious they have no evidence on day 7. I will wait until Chris ward is released and see what significance he or his solicitor attach to it.
    Northern FF: PSNI / Met / Scotland Yard / South Yorkshire spot the difference?

  • seannaboy

    Northern FF, silly me almost forgot about the Gardaí and the Heavy Gang – but those days are behind us now, aren’t they?

  • seannaboy
    Noel Abernethy from Dungannon who the PSNI tried to ‘fit up’ for an attempted murder
    That is shocking.
    I found a good website for cases like these:
    British Irish RIGHTS WATCH is an independent non-governmental organisation that has been monitoring the human rights dimension of the conflict, and latterly the peace process, in Northern Ireland since 1990.
    http://www.birw.org/

  • Ian

    Here’s a thought:

    Let’s suppose the robbery was carried out by ‘ordinary decent criminals’ and the IRA or other paramilitaries had nothing to do with it. Detention for questioning beyond 7 days is only supposed to be granted for terrorism-related offences, right? If someone is held under suspicion of causing or plotting an explosion, for example, then that’s a clear cut case. But with a robbery like this, it MIGHT have been carried out to fund terrorism or it MIGHT have been carried out for personal gain by ‘ODC’s. Is the onus not on the authorities to PROVE a link to terrorism beyond reasonable doubt, which they can’t do until it gets to court?

    If the latest arrests are a fishing exercise as some suspect, then how come they can use the 14-day detention option (soon to be increased to 28 days, if not 90), which is only supposed to be an extreme measure to protect the public against terrorist attack. Nobody’s remotely suggesting that the current detainees are in knowledge of an imminent spectacular, they’ve just been brought in for questioning about a robbery last year.

    Is this not a classic case of the authorities abusing and misusing illiberal legislation? (Just like when that bloke was booted out of the New Labour conference this autumn).

  • Comrade Stalin

    The same credit that police got for ‘solving’ the Birmingham or Guildford bombings …

    Before the PSNI have even had anyone up to trial, the chuckies are already saying that it will be a mistrial. A mistrial of whom, they’re not sure yet ..

    But back to sanity. Are there any sources for this claim about Australia ? None of the other papers or news sites have run with it as far as I can tell.

  • Comrade Stalin

    found one.

    So, this chap has not been detained in connection with the robbery but has apparently been detained for unrelated reasons by the immigration authorities. They probably just want to find out more about him before they let him in.

    Nothing to see here, by the looks of things.

  • Pete Baker

    Hmm.. not necessarily, Comrade.. they might just want to send him back as quickly as possible without getting bogged down in extradition proceedings.. which, as we know, can become overly complicated.

  • Gonzo

    An extension has been granted to Ward’s detention, making him – I think – the first person to be held for more than 7 days under the new legislation.

  • Calista

    Just want to tell that im gutted bout wat happend to chris. theyr making a big mistake but i dont give a feck bout them psni bastards, all i want is chris to be free cauz im 100 per cent sure he isnt guitly. just the wrong place on the wrong moment.
    cmon the hoops wee chrissy bhoy

  • Shore Road Resident

    Memo to Connolly House: The transparently planted presence of Shinner cheerleaders here is not doing Mr Ward any favours.
    In fact, if the Shinners really gave a damn about a fella they’d come clean about the robbery, wouldn’t they?

  • Henry94

    Given that the governments, the media and a lot of posters here base their belief that the IRA did the bank on the assertions of the PNSI it is worth looking at the bewildered reaction of Bertie Ahern to the collapse of the ‘spy-ring” case

    TAOISEACH Bertie Ahern said yesterday that the so-called Stormontgate alleged spying ring case caused “a lot of grief” for nothing.

    Speaking outside Number 10 Downing Street, he spoke of how the “irrefutable evidence” which collapsed the Stormont power-sharing institutions three years ago “vanished” on Thursday “like snow in June”.

    He told reporters: “This brought down the institutions and created huge grief for me and for the Prime Minister. We had hundreds of troops descending on the Stormont building for what we were told at the time was irrefutable evidence.

    “It vanished yesterday with no prosecutions. It was a lot of grief for no prosecutions.”

    Asked if he was being critical of the police, he replied: “No. I think it is all very interesting and I don’t quite understand.”

  • Calista

    Memo to Connolly House: The transparently planted presence of Shinner cheerleaders here is not doing Mr Ward any favours.
    In fact, if the Shinners really gave a damn about a fella they’d come clean about the robbery, wouldn’t they?

    >>>> i totaly disagree with you, its so wrong, why would sinn feinn would have their words in this case, Why people always blame sinn fein
    its so so bad, Chris is innocent and its not a matter of ira or sinn fein, Chris is only a toy in some politics hands. British government tries to blame the ira for everything and sinn fein too
    its so sad, and someone innocent is still in prison.