Donegal fans warned as pick-pockets target homecomings

Jim McGuinnness (left) and Michael Murphy (right) lift the trophy
Image caption Gardai say fans coming out to greet Donegal's All-Ireland winning team to keep an eye on their valuables

Donegal GAA fans are being warned to be beware of pickpockets at the county's homecoming celebrations.

Gardai have been told that criminal gangs may target them as they welcome the team home.

The team has been visiting different parts of Donegal since Sunday's win over Mayo.

The Gardai say they have intelligence that criminals will be active in the county in the coming days.

Garda Sergeant Paul Wallace said fans should be vigilant.

"Criminal gangs are following the Sam Maguire Cup as it moves around the country on a yearly basis.

"Particularly in the aftermath of the All-Ireland Final where excitement and euphoria levels are very high.

"We have large number of people congregating and estimated there was 20,000 in Donegal Town on Monday night when the team returned to the county for the first time.

"We have the intelligence that pick pocketing gangs from various places will congregate and mingle in the crowd and relieve people of their property.

"We are asking people to be aware that this can happen."