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Irish gang scams restaurants, robs residents in Australia

By Sheetal Sukhija, Melbourne News
12 Mar 2018, 11:14 GMT+10

BRISBANE, Australia - The Australian police have accused a group of Irish people of scamming restaurants and fleecing Queensland residents.

The police said on Sunday that the Irish gang are up to other dodgy dealings as well after new images of the group in action emerged.

The police have said that they are working with the Australian Border Force as the group scammed restaurants and have fleeced residents in Queensland out of thousands of dollars with bogus agreements to fix roofs and driveways.

The police are reportedly dealing with 12 complaints about a group of nine men and women with Irish accents across Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

According to the police, the men had been targeting elderly homeowners by taking payments for house repairs but never finishing the work.

The women meanwhile have been accused of targeting shops and restaurants.

Incidents of shoplifting and refusing to pay restaurant bills too have emerged in the Gold Coast, along with an alleged assault in Fortitude Valley.

In a statement, Detective Superintendent Tony Flemming said there were some suspicions around whether the groups were connected.

Adding that the police have launched an investigation, Det Supt Flemming said, “It appears these matters have some connection. What we’ve done is brought it all together under one command. We’ve got a team of people at the moment actively looking for these people.”

He said that the group is believed to be targeting small businesses and the elderly since January and that the police are eager to hear the groups’ side of the stories.

He added, “What we have before us would appear to be a group of people who are incredibly brazen, disrespectful, and likely to continue to offend. Based on the CCTV and some of the images we've got, they don't seem to be concerned in any way shape or form about being seen or detected. That either means they've done nothing wrong, or they're incredibly brazen and have no respect for the law and more importantly, have no respect for the people in our community."

Det Supt Flemming added, “We’ve also engaged our colleagues at the Australian Border Force ... It’s hard enough for small businesses to make a dollar. This has the potential to have a significant impact on the community.”

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