GARDAI have detained three men in their bid to catch burglars responsible for a crimewave across the county, Donegal Daily can reveal.The men, all with addresses in Yorkshire but believed to be based in Derry, are understood to be members of an English Travelling community gang.A Garda patrol specifically checking rural areas outside Ramelton stopped a UK-registered car. None of the three men had ID, so all three were detained and taken to Letterkenny Garda Station for questioning.They were not formally arrested but had fingerprints and photographs taken. The men could not explain what they were doing in the Ballyare area on Tuesday.The men’s detention has been described by Gardai as “extremely significant”. There have also been a number of stop and search patrols in the past 48 hours in Inishowen, Raphoe, Convoy, Lifford, St Johnston and Pettigo.It’s understood Gardai in a number of unmarked vehicles have been carrying out patrols. Intelligence gathered on the gangs suspected of a wave of robberies – with up to 20 victims – has been given to Gardai by the PSNI. NEW RURAL CRIME ALERT AS DONEGAL GARDAI DETAIN THREE IN SWOOP was last modified: January 18th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:NEW RURAL CRIME ALERT AS DONEGAL GARDAI DETAIN THREE IN SWOOP
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 It’s no secret Tony Stewart wants to win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — badly. NASCAR’s resident bad boy has said he would gladly trade his NASCAR Cup championship and Indy Racing League title for a win at Indy. On more than one occasion, he attempted the Memorial Day double, racing at the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 on the same day, with the hope of winning just once at the Brickyard. The Indiana native places Indianapolis Motor Speedway above all else. He even made the move this year from NASCAR country in North Carolina back to his childhood home near Indianapolis, in part to be closer to the race track he holds in such high regard. As the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series heads to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend for its annual visit, Stewart, winner of three of the past five Cup races, is by far the driver with the most momentum. But none of his 22 career Cup wins would come close in comparison to just one at Indy. In a teleconference earlier this week, Stewart talked about his passion for racing at Indy, moving back to his hometown, away from the NASCAR mecca in Charlotte, N.C., and how the move has made him a more relaxed and focused driver. Stewart started his racing career on the open-wheel side, racing USAC sprint cars and midgets, and winning championships along the way. Growing up, he dreamed of racing Indy cars at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He actually did a few times in the fledgling IRL, winning the pole and leading 44 laps in his first Indy 500 in 1996. He led 64 laps the following year at Indy, but finished fifth, his best showing in five tries. After a successful Indy racing career, Stewart made the jump to NASCAR and landed with Joe Gibbs Racing in 1998. Five years after winning his only IRL championship, he won his first NASCAR title. In six NASCAR races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Stewart has two top-five and three top-10 finishes. The closest he has come to winning is a couple of fifth-place showings, the latest coming last year. When Stewart was working his way up the open-wheel ranks, Indianapolis Motor Speedway was being courted by NASCAR. The Brickyard 400 made its debut 12 years ago and changed Indianapolis Motor Speedway forever. A track once reserved for open-wheel speed machines welcomed stock cars, a travesty in the eyes of racing purists and several residents of Indiana who considered the Speedway sacred ground. Stewart counted himself among the critics. “I freaked out, too,” Stewart said. “I’ll be honest. I guess I was a traditionalist also and didn’t want change.” Over the years, Stewart learned to accept stock cars at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He even learned to appreciate having Formula One cars at the track. “I think that’s … hindsight, I think it’s been one of the most positive things for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, to see how many fans come to the Brickyard just like having the fans come for the Indy 500,” Stewart said. “Instead of having it full one time a year, it’s full twice a year now.” No place gets Stewart excited like Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but keeping his emotions in check has been a challenge for Stewart throughout his career. It’s part of the reason he moved away from Charlotte and settled back in Indiana. “It wasn’t that I disliked the Charlotte area,” Stewart said. “There’s probably five times more things to do in Charlotte than where I live (now). But it’s just something about being in your hometown and there’s something about being around the same friends you ran around with when you raced go-karts, three-quarter midgets or sprint cars. It’s just a different atmosphere there.” So has being around his childhood friends and neighbors affected his temperament? “Why not? I mean, you get tired of being uptight about everything all the time,” Stewart said. “I could be right about a topic, but it’s just not even worth fighting sometimes. “Just being able to go home and see your friends and kind of get away from the stock car scene for a couple days is a nice break. It just helps you be a lot more mellower that way.” The change of scenery and being around old friends seem to be working for Stewart. This weekend, he will see if it makes a difference at the track he covets most. Tim Haddock covers motor sports for the Daily News. He can be reached at (818) 713-3715 or [email protected] NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES Allstate 400 Site: Indianapolis. Schedule: Saturday, qualifying (TNT, 8:10 a.m.); Sunday, race (NBC, 11:30 a.m.). Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (rectangular oval, 2.5 miles, 9 degrees banking in turns). Race distance: 400 miles, 160 laps. Next race: Sirius at The Glen, Aug. 14, Watkins Glen, N.Y. On the Net: www.nascar.com NASCAR BUSCH SERIES Kroger 200 Site: Indianapolis. Schedule: Saturday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 3:05 p.m.), race (TNT, 5:30 p.m.). Track: Indianapolis Raceway Park (oval, 0.686 miles, 12 degrees banking in turns). Race distance: 137.2 miles, 200 laps. Next race: Zippo 200, Aug. 13, Watkins Glen, N.Y. NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES Power Stroke Diesel 200 Site: Indianapolis. Schedule: Friday, qualifying, 3 p.m., race (Speed Channel, 5:30 p.m.). Track: Indianapolis Raceway Park (oval, 0.686 miles, 12 degrees banking in turns). Race distance: 137.2 miles, 200 laps. Next race: Toyota Tundra 200, Aug. 13, Lebanon, Tenn.