Gardai

  • A 32 year old man is due in court this morning in connection with the murder of a woman in Sligo.

    Natalia Karaczyn's body was discovered on Tuesday, just two days after she was reported missing.

     

    The mother of three had been missing from her home at Crozon Park since early on Sunday morning.

    Originally from Poland - the 30 year old been living in the town for a number of years.

    Natalia's body was discovered in the Holywell area on Tuesday however Gardaí aren't saying how she died for operational reasons.

    A 32-year-old man was last night charged in connection with her murder.

    He's due to appear before Sligo District Court this morning.

  • As we begin the May Bank Holiday weekend, Gardai are advising that there will be extra checkpoints across county Mayo in the coming days, and motorists are urged to wear seatbelts, stay within the speed limit, and not to drink and drive.

    Last year over the May Bank Holiday weekend, 186 people across the country were arrested for drink-driving offences.

    Mayo Gardai are also launching a new road safety campaign this weekend, aimed at motorcyclists.

    Since 2010, 7 people have died in Co Mayo in motorcycle collisions, while the number nationally stands at 168.

    Superintendent Joe McKenna of Castlebar Garda Station told Midwest News today thar motorcyclists can be vulnerable on the roads. 

  • A body has been found by Gardaí investigating the disappearance of 30-year-old Natalia Karaczyn in Sligo.

    Ms Karaczyn has been missing from her home at Crozon Park in Sligo town since early Sunday.

    The discovery was made around 10am in the Holywell Road area on the outskirts of Sligo town. 

    A wooded area close to Lough Gill has been sealed off.

    This morning a man who was being questioned about her disappearance was released without charge.

    The 32-year-old man was released from Ballymote Garda Station early this morning.

  • Castlebar Gardai are investigating an alleged anti-social behaviour incident at apartment blocks in the town over the weekend.

    The incident occurred at Sean Bhaile apartments in the town.

    A woman reported to Castlebar Garda Station that her balcony window was smashed shortly before 9pm on Saturday night.

    A glass bottle was thrown at the balcony window.

    Castlebar Gardai are investigating.

  • Castlebar Gardai are advising people to be cautious of anyone coming to their door collecting money for charity.

    It’s reported that a man has been calling to houses today in the Ballyheane area of Castlebar, purporting to collect money for the Mayo / Roscommon Hospice Foundation.

    The Hospice says they do not carry out door-to-door collections, and Gardai are advising householders to be wary of anyone calling and looking for donations.

     

     

  • Castlebar Mitchels will hold an event this Friday evening in an effort to prevent burglaries in the area.

    The ‘Is Your Home Safe’ Event will take place in An Sportlann and will include a one hour presentation by Garda Sergeant Tony Cosgrove, the Crime Prevention Officer for Mayo.

    It gets underway at An Sportlann tomorrow evening at 8pm.

  • Gardai in Claremorris are again appealing this morning for witnesses to a road collision on the N17, near Ballindine on Friday evening last.

    Seven people were taken to hospital after the two car collision occurred at about 5.45pm.

    A local woman was driving from Ballindine to Claremorris  and had her two year old daughter in the car, a second car carrying five people, all foreign nationals, was travelling in the direction of Ballindine when the vehicles collided head –on.

    All seven people were taken from the scene to the hospital,

    The mother and daughter sustained what have been described as serious injuries, while the driver of the second car and a passenger  suffered broken bones. The occupants of the second car were all students in their 20s.

    Gardai in Claremorris are keen to speak to anyone who travelled on the N17, between 5.30 and 6pm on Friday evening last, or anyone who may have witnessed the collision. Claremorris gardai can be contacted at 094 9372080

  • A motorist in Co Galway was caught driving at 113 km an hour in an 80 km zone last Friday, during the Garda National Slow Down Day which took place over a 24-hour period.

    In total, Gardai and GoSafe checkted over 132,000 vehicles, and found 211 were driving over the permitted speed limit.

     

    In the West of Ireland, a driver was found travelling at 113 km and hour in an 80 km zone at Aughrim in Co Galway,while in Mayo, a driver was caught driving at 93 km an hour in an 80 km zone at Cartron, Kiltimagh.

    In Sligo, a motorist was caught doing 119 km an hour in a 100 km zone on the N4 at Knoxspark, Ballisodare.

     

    Gardai are reminding drivers to think about the consequences of speeding the next time they get behind the wheel, and reduce speed accordingly.  

     

     

     

     

  • One man has been arrested following a drugs seizure in Ballaghaderreen.

    The cocaine worth in the region of €35,000, was found at a residential address in Ballaghaderreen following a search carried out as part of an intelligence led operation on Thursday. 

    One man is being detained in Castlerea Garda Station in connection with the find. 

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    A former Garda has been jailed for 18 months for passing confidential and sensitive information on to members of a criminal gang in Sligo.

     

    36-year-old Jimell Henry of Cairns Hill, Sligo was based in Dublin when she leaked the details between December 2014 and January 2015.

     

    During that time, the court heard she accessed the Garda PULSE system a thousand times and 73 per cent of those inquiries related to Sligo.

     

    She was arrested after arriving at what was described as a "potential drugs transaction" in an underground car park after being put under surveillance.

     

    One of the leaks involved the whereabouts of a man who said she had endangered his life and his family's lives.

     

    Judge Keenan Johnson described what she did as a gross breach of trust by someone whose behaviour fell well below the high standard required.

  • Four men in their twenties have been arrested after a fight broke out last night on the Westport to Dublin Train.

    The incident happened after the 5.45pm service stopped at Tullamore.

    Gardai later boarded the train at Sallins in County Kildare.

    Two of the men have been charged with public order offences and released on bail, while another two remain in custody and are due to appear tomorrow at Naas District Court.

    At least one person was injured, however a Garda spokesperson says there was no stabbing incident despite reports that a knife had been spotted at the scene.

  • The funeral arrangements for a man who died in a road collision between Newport and Mulranny on Wednesday have been confirmed.

    Dublin native Brian Farren, who was in his 50’s, died when the car he was driving hit a stationary trailer.

    He was the sole occupant of the car.

    Mr Farren was the head chef at Nevin’s Newfield Inn in Tiernaur and was on his way to work when the collision occurred.

    His remains will repose at St. Dominic’s Funeral Home, Newport this evening from 6 o’clock until 8 o’clock with Funeral service on Saturday morning at 10 o’clock in Newport Church.

    He will be laid to rest on Monday in Shanganagh Cemetery in Dublin following Funeral Service in Dalkley Church at 10am.

     

     

  • GAA supporters travelling to the Leitrim v Roscommon game in Carrick-on-Shannon tomorrow evening are being asked to enter the town from the Longford side where possible.

    Gardai have asked anyone who can possibly use the N4 on their way to the game to do so.

    Gardai and stewards will be on duty on the day and motorists are asked to be patient and leave themselves enough time to get there.

     

     

  • The cost of Garda overtime in the Mayo Division increased to over €2.1 m euro last year.

    Figures published in today’s Irish Daily Mail show the cost of Garda overtime nationally has soared from €55 m in 2015 to almost €131 m last year.

    In the Mayo Garda division, the cost of overtime increased from €1.2 m in 2015 to €1.7 million in 2016, and to €2.1 million in 2017.

    In the Galway division, Garda overtime costs soared from €1.5m to €2.4 m last year, and in Roscommon / Longford, Garda overtime costs doubled between 2015 and 2017 – from 733,000 to €1.4m.

     The Garda divisions in Dublin North and Dublin North Central had the highest level of overtime last year, with the Kinahan-Hutch gangland feud believed to be contributing to the financial cost.

  • Gardai across the region are advising motorists to take due caution this morning and reduce their speed due to heavy rainfall overnight.

    Accumulations of between 25 and 33mm occurred overnight leaving excess water on many roads across the west.

    A status yellow rainfall warning is currently in effect for counties Galway, Roscommon and Sligo.

    The warning is due to remain in place until 7pm this evening.

  • A national yellow weather alert has been issued for wet and windy weather with a risk of downpours. The warning comes into effect this evening at 5pm until 6am tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.

    Gusts of up to 110km/h are expected in coastal areas. Further build ups of snow are likely in north Connacht and west Ulster.

    Met Éireann says many areas will be mostly dry this morning with some wintry showers and sunny spells.

    Gardai are advising road users to take due caution this morning, as roads are described as hazardous across the region.

    Outbreaks of rain will develop along the Atlantic coast by the evening as winds will strengthen. Temperatures will be between 4-7 degrees.

    Snow and sleet are forecast for tonight before thundery downpours and heavy rain arrives.

    The cold weather will remain through tomorrow as scattered wintry showers continue with some sunny spells.

  • Gardai are appealing for the public’s assistance in tracing a 41-year-old man who has been reported missing from Co Sligo.

    Paul Geraghty, also known as Pol MacOireachtaigh, who is from Tubbercurry, has been missing since Tuesday June 26th.

    Paul is approximately 5ft 11”, of thin build with black hair and blue eyes. It is not known what he was wearing when last seen.

    Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have seen him to contact Tubbercurry Garda Station 071-9157000, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

  • Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a break-in to a house in Doctor’s Road, Ballyhaunis yesterday.

    Cash and Jewelry were stolen in the raid.

    The incident occurred some-time between 10am and 1pm yesterday.

    Gardai are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed suspicious behavior in the area yesterday to contact them at Claremorris Garda Station on 094 9372080 or the Garda Confidential line 1800 666111

  • Gardai are appealing for help in finding a missing 30 year-old woman from Sligo.

    Natalia Karaczyn hasn't been seen at her home in Crozon Park since early yesterday morning.

    She's 5 foot 8" in height, of slim build with green eyes and has medium length straight blond hair.

    She was wearing a black lace body suit, black leather trousers, a black jacket and black sandals with an open toe.

    Gardaí in Sligo are also looking for information about the movements of a beige Peugeot 308 estate car, with the partial reg 09 DL.

  • Gardaí at Castlerea are appealing for witnesses and information in relation to a bank robbery which occurred at a bank on Church St, Strokestown Co Roscommon onFrida afternoon at approximately 2.15pm.

    Four men wearing balaclavas and gloves entered the bank, one man was believed to be armed with a handgun.

    They threatened staff and demanded cash.

    They left the premises after a short time with an undisclosed amount of cash and made their getaway in a black Audi A4 with UK registered number plates driven by a fifth man.

    It is believed they drove up Elphin St, took a right turn and drove in the direction of Kilmore.

    Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses and information from any person who may have seen anything suspicious in the hour prior to the robbery and after the incident or to any drivers who may have dash cams fitted to their vehicles to contact Castlerea Garda Station on 094-9621637, the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111 or any Garda Station.

    No injuries were reported.