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Father and son remanded over Cork shooting

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A father and son have been remanded in custody after they were charged in connection with the firing of a shot at gardaí preparing to search a house as part of an investigation into a feud in Cork city.

James Keenan (54) and his son, Peter Keenan (26), appeared amid tight security at a special sitting of Cork District Court on Saturday night following the incident in which a shot was fired at members of the Cork Armed Support Unit.

James Keenan was charged with three offences – possession of an improvised firearm, a shotgun, possession of ammunition and reckless discharge of a firearm – all at his home at Island View, Rochestown Road, Cork on April 29th .

Peter Keenan, of the same address, was charged with the same first two offences as his father – possession of an improvised firearm and possession of ammunition at the same location on the same evening

Det Garda Tom Delaney gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution in relation to James Keenan and told the court that the accused made the same response to all three charges when they were put him after caution.

He said James Keenan replied to the charges: “I am very, very sorry. I didn’t mean to hurt anyone or anything. I am just trying to protect my family from the McDonaghs . . . When the gun went off, I didn’t see anyone in the hallway.”

Det Garda Ronan McGuckin told the court that Peter Keenan made no reply to either charge when they were put to him.

Gardaí objected to bail for both men due to the seriousness of the charges and their fear both would commit further offences if granted bail.

The officers testified that gardaí had received confidential information that the Keenans had firearms at the house as they were involved in an escalating feud with another family so gardaí searched the house.

Det Garda Delaney said gardaí would allege that members of the Armed Support Unit were preparing to enter the Keenan house when a shot was fired at them.

“It is alleged that as the Armed Support Unit were at the entrance to the property, James Keenan discharged an improvised firearm at gardaí. James Keenan was subsequently secured and brought from the house,” he said.

He said that gardaí would allege that Garda technical experts carried out a forensic examination and found James Keenan’s DNA on the metal part of the shotgun while they also found firearm residue on James Keenan’s hands.

Det Garda McGuckin said that the State would allege that Peter Keenan was caught with an improvised shotgun but that he surrendered it when challenged by the Armed Support Unit.

Both officers testified that gardaí found some 20 rounds of ammunition, 23 petrol bombs as well as hand weapons which officers believe was evidence of the escalating nature of the feud with the other family.

Defence solicitor Donal Daly put it to Det Garda Delaney that James Keenan denied deliberately firing the gun at gardaí and told them that he fired it to frighten off other people whom he thought were attacking his house.

Lodged in frame of door

Det Garda Delaney said he accepted that was what James Keenan had said at interview. But the fact remained he had fired a shot at gardaí which forensics found had lodged in the frame of the door that officers were about to enter.

Det Garda McGuckin said gardaí believed that if Peter Keenan was granted bail, that there was a real risk of the feud escalating further which would endanger the safety of individuals, families and the community.

Both officers agreed with Mr Daly they had called a number of times to the Keenan house in the past week after the Keenans expressed concern that they might be attacked by the other family who had been driving past their house.

Judge James McNulty said granting bail to either accused would pose “an unacceptable risk”.

He refused bail to both and remanded them in custody to appear again in court on May 6th by video link. He also granted both men free legal aid after hearing that they were unemployed.

A 19-year-old man, 24-year-old man and 58-year-old woman arrested as part of the same investigation were all released on Saturday without charge and files will be prepared for the DPP on their involvement.

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Garbe Industrial Real Estate invests €48m in German logistics scheme

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Garbe Industrial Real Estate has unveiled plans for the construction of a logistics centre with a total area of 35,500m² in Bollberg near Jena (Thuringia). Construction is scheduled to start in December 2022, with an investment of around €48m. The scheme will be designed so that it can be divided into units of around 10,000m² or more. In addition, there will be 1,400m² for offices and social rooms as well as 2,500m² of mezzanine space. The new unit will be equipped with 30 dock levellers and three ground-level gates. Parking spaces for 117 cars and four trucks will be provided outside.

 

“A location for a logistics centre could hardly be better,” commented Adrian Zellner, Member of the Executive Board at Garbe Industrial Real Estate. The Hermsdorfer Kreuz interchange, which connects the A 4 Bad Hersfeld − Dresden motorway with the A 9 Berlin − Munich, is seven kilometres away. Both motorways are among the most important northsouth and west-east axes in Germany. The A 4 runs virtually within sight of the business park. The Stadtroda junction is easily reached after a one kilometre ride without having to pass through the town.

 

Proximity to Jena also played a role in the property purchase: “The city has made a name for itself as a high-tech location. Both international corporations and small and medium-sized companies are represented in Jena,” says Adrian Zellner. “Demand for developed land is correspondingly high. That’s why we decided to develop the logistics centre with a view to the future.”

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Tungsten and BC Partners launch €296m industrial JV (GB)

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Tungsten Properties have signed a transformative €296m (£250m) JV funding agreement with BC Partners. The newly formed joint venture company will target single and multi-let industrial opportunities across the UK, which will range from last-mile to big box logistics warehouses with a GDV of greater than €29.6m (£25m). Tungsten Properties will act as asset and development manager for the joint venture. With a strong conviction in the underlying occupational fundamentals of the industrial warehousing sector, the joint venture has already identified a strong pipeline to initially seed the partnership.

 

Jeff Penman, managing director, Tungsten Properties said:“This is a significant step in Tungsten’s expansion strategy to continue to deliver industrial and warehouse space to create growth, jobs and investor returns. This transformational JV agreement with BC Partners will provide reliable capital to continue delivering strategically located, environmentally friendly buildings across the UK. While there is volatility in the capital markets, both Tungsten and BC Partners believe that the industrial market’s long-term fundamentals remain strong. With a fighting fund behind us, we look forward to securing further opportunities.”

 

Laurian Douin, partner, BC Partners said: “The UK industrial and warehouse sector has strong secular fundamentals. Given Tungsten’s strong track record and like-minded approach to development, we are thrilled to partner with them to jointly invest in this asset class. The joint venture intends to deliver well-located, exceptional schemes to meet occupier demand, with a particular focus on schemes’ environmental credentials in-line with BC Partners Real Estate’s commitment to ESG.”

 

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Four homes for sale with swimming pools: With price tags from £1.1m to £190k

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Owning a property with a swimming pool might seem like one of life’s luxuries that is reserved for millionaires.

But, as our pick of homes for sale with swimming pools proves, you don’t have to have a multi-million pound property to have one.

That said, you may still need deep pockets for their upkeep, which can be costly, particularly if you want to keep your swimming pool heated to a comfortable temperature.

While water shortages and hosepipe bans are hitting the headlines, a pool that is already filled with water will not draw on resources but may be forbidden from being topped up by hosepipe in the case of a ban.

Our pick of four properties for sale with swimming pools are for various budgets, ranging from £1.1million to £190,000 (scroll down for more information about the house pictured)

Our pick of four properties for sale with swimming pools are for various budgets, ranging from £1.1million to £190,000 (scroll down for more information about the house pictured)

Here, we take a look at four swimming pools at properties for those with a range of different budgets.

At the top end is a six-bedroom house in Ramsgate, Kent. with an acre of land that includes an outdoor swimming pool. It has a price tag of £1.1million.

At the other end is three-bedroom property in Ashington, Northumberland, with an empty indoor swimming pool and an asking price of only £190,000.

Daniel Copley, of Zoopla, said: ‘With Britain currently experiencing a heatwave, it’s no surprise that homes with swimming pools are proving to be increasingly popular.

‘Whether your budget is more in the deep or shallow end, some homes with pools may be more affordable than you think.

‘While the rise in energy bills will have a very real impact on those wanting to heat a pool, at this time of year a refreshing dip may be just what’s needed.’

Four properties with swimming pools… 

1. Six-bed house, Ramsgate, £1.1m

The most expensive house in our list of properties with swimming pools is this £1.1million home in Ramsgate, Kent, which is being sold by Miles & Barr estate agents

The most expensive house in our list of properties with swimming pools is this £1.1million home in Ramsgate, Kent, which is being sold by Miles & Barr estate agents

The property is called Pond Cottage and it boasts a large outdoor swimming pool that has a curved slide at the side

The property is called Pond Cottage and it boasts a large outdoor swimming pool that has a curved slide at the side

Inside the property, the entertainment facilities continue - with a cinema room that has black chairs and a red carpet

Inside the property, the entertainment facilities continue – with a cinema room that has black chairs and a red carpet

The most expensive house in our list of properties with swimming pools is this £1.1million home in Ramsgate, Kent.

It boasts more than an acre of land that includes a large outdoor swimming pool, a patio and a pool area.

The property is called Pond Cottage and it is being sold by Miles & Barr estate agents.

2. Five-bed semi-detached house, Welling, £625k

This semi-detached property in Welling, Kent, may not look like it can house a swimming pool from the front aspect

This semi-detached property in Welling, Kent, may not look like it can house a swimming pool from the front aspect

A slimline swimming pool has been added to the rear of the house and it has been covered to protect it from the elements

A slimline swimming pool has been added to the rear of the house and it has been covered to protect it from the elements

The Kent property is on the market with a price tag of £625,000 and the sale is being handled by estate agents MS Estates

The Kent property is on the market with a price tag of £625,000 and the sale is being handled by estate agents MS Estates

This semi-detached property in Welling, Kent, may not look like it can house a swimming pool from the front.

But a slimline swimming pool has been added to the rear of the house. It is on the market for £625,000 via MS Estates.

3. Five-bed house, Ripon, £450k

This three-bedroom house in Ripon, North Yorkshire, was once a barn and has been converted into a family home with a swimming pool

This three-bedroom house in Ripon, North Yorkshire, was once a barn and has been converted into a family home with a swimming pool

The curved shaped indoor swimming pool sits below wooden beams and has a separate bar area for entertaining

The curved shaped indoor swimming pool sits below wooden beams and has a separate bar area for entertaining

The barn conversion has a colourful interior and is on the market for £450,000 via Solo Property Management estate agents

The barn conversion has a colourful interior and is on the market for £450,000 via Solo Property Management estate agents

This three-bedroom barn conversion in Ripon, North Yorkshire, boasts an indoor swimming pool and bar area.

It is on the market with a price tag of £450,000 and the sale is being handled by Solo Property Management.

4. Three-bed house, Ashington, £190k

This three-bedroom house in Ashington, Northumberland, is the cheapest in our list of properties for sale with swimming pools

This three-bedroom house in Ashington, Northumberland, is the cheapest in our list of properties for sale with swimming pools

The 1930s detached property has an indoor swimming pool that isn¿t currently being used because it has been left empty

The 1930s detached property has an indoor swimming pool that isn’t currently being used because it has been left empty

The three-bedroom property is currently for sale for £190,000 and is being sold via Rook Matthews Sayer estate agents

The three-bedroom property is currently for sale for £190,000 and is being sold via Rook Matthews Sayer estate agents

This three-bedroom house in Ashington, Northumberland, is the cheapest in our list of properties for sale with swimming pools.

It is a 1930s detached property with an indoor swimming pool that isn’t currently being used as it is empty.

The property is for sale for a relatively cheap £190,000 and is being sold via Rook Matthews Sayer estate agents.

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