Gardai

  • Figures released today by Gardai at the National Ploughing Championships show that €1.4 million worth of goods was stolen from farms across Ireland in the last year.

    This includes animals worth €350,000.

    The number of incidents involving the theft of cattle and horses increased, while incidents involving sheep, poultry and pigs decreased.

    Over the past 12 months, 150 vehicles were stolen from farms -with quad bikes and tractors most commonly taken.

    One in 3 tractors and 3 out of 4 vans stolen had the key in the vehicle, and Gardai are urging farmers to store keys safely.

    They're also advising farmers to lock gates, light up their yards and sign up for Community Text alerts.

     

  • A group of sixteen puppies found in Athenry earlier this week were being kept in what has been described as appalling conditions.

    Rte.ie are reporting that the dogs were rescued after a member of the public heard sounds coming from an abandoned horsebox in the Ballydavid area of the Co Galway town on Tuesday 17 July.

    Gardaí and the local dog warden attended the scenes.

    The dogs have been described as being emaciated and severely dehydrated. Many were also diseased.

    They received emergency veterinary attention before being transferred to a local animal welfare organisation.

    Seven of the dogs have died since died.

    It is suspected that they were being bred illegally for sale.

  • 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.

  • Gardai have arrested a 49-year old Co Mayo man in connection with the alleged day-time rape of a 75-year-old woman in Ennis last Thursday.

    According to the website thejournal.ie, its understood that the man lured the woman into his car under false pretences outside Ennis public library at around 11.30 on Thursday morning.

    It is alleged that the man brought the woman one kilometer away in his car to a car-park located behind Ennis Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre where the alleged rape took place.

    The man had stopped his car at Ennis General Hospital and St Joseph's Hospital before reaching the leisure centre car-park with the woman.

    However later on Thursday, the alert was raised by the pensioner - who did not know the man - and Gardai were able to identify the man’s car through Garda CCTV footage located at the McDonald’s roundabout in Ennis which is only 100 metres from the leisure centre.

    Chief Supt of the Clare Garda Division, John Kerin has confirmed that a male had been arrested in relation to the alleged rape in Ennis and brought to a Garda Station in Co Mayo for questioning.

    The man was detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act and Chief Supt Kerin confirmed that the man was released without charge on Saturday lunchtime and he stated that a file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) at the earliest opportunity.

    Chief Supt Kerin said that Gardai are “not looking for anyone else in connection with the investigation”.

    Chief Supt Kerin declined to comment on the circumstances around the alleged rape for operational reasons.

    On hearing details concerning the alleged rape, chairperson of the Clare Joint Policing Committee (JPC), Cllr Mary Howard (FG) said yesterday that she is shocked to my core to hear about this. She says she is heart-broken for the woman that something like this would happen to her at this stage of her life and hopes that she is getting all the support from the various services at this time.

    Cllr Howard added: “What happened to this totally unsuspecting older lady was heinous and it is just unconscionable that someone would lure an elderly woman and carry out this horrendous crime against her.”

    She said : “The circumstances in this case are quite unbelievable as there would be families with children going in and coming out of the leisure centre car-park at 11.30 in the morning.”

     

  • A 54-year-old man, who smashed holes with a hammer in a temporary portakabin at the entrance to a garda station and then flung the hammer at a garda as she fled the area, escaped a prison sentence when he appeared before Judge Rory MacCabe at the Circuit Criminal Court in Castlebar today.

    Donal Corry of Knockaphunta Park, Castlebar, appeared for sentencing before Judge MacCabe having pleaded guilty at an earlier court to criminal damage at Castlebar Garda Station and assaulting Garda Olive Lafferty on December 5, 2017.

    Garda Lafferty sustained a cut to her chin from flying glass in the incident and afterwards attended the A & E unit of Mayo University Hospital.

    The court heard Donal Corry made a full admission when interviewed and claimed he had acted out of frustration over the way issues relating to his young daughter had been dealt with by Tusla and An Garda Siochana.

    In a victim impact statement which was read to the court on her behalf by Sergeant O'Connor, Garda Lafferty said she had put in 'absolute fear' by the incidents.

    After hearing the facts, Judge MacCabe said he would not impose an immediate custodial sentence.

    On the charge of causing criminal damage, he imposed a 12 months prison sentence suspended for five years, and imposed a fine of €500 for assaulting the Garda.

     

  • A 68 year old woman has died following a crash in Roscommon last night.

    The three car collision happened on the N63 Lanesboro to Roscommon road at around 9:45pm.

    The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and her body was removed to the mortuary at Roscommon Hospital.

    The two drivers of the other vehicles were brought to hospital with non life threatening injuries.

    Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

  • 78 complaints were made about Gardai in the Mayo division last year, according to the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission.

    The GSCO annual report for 2017 was published this week and shows almost 2,000 complaints were received nationally - which was up 10% on the previous year.

    In this region, there were 78 allegations made against Gardai in Mayo, 153 in galway, 101 in the Roscommon/ Longford Garda Division and 66 in Sligo / Leitrim.

    The most common complaints related to abuse of authority, neglect of duty and discourtesy.

  • 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.

  • A car, a quantity of documents and mobiles phones were seized during a search operation in Sligo this morning.

    Officers from the Criminal Assets Bureau, Revenue, Employment Affairs and Social Protection, assisted by local Gardai and the Regional Armed Support Unit conducted a search operation in Sligo Town this morning.

    The search was conducted at a residential premises in the area. A Ford Mondeo was seized along with a quantity of documents and mobile phones. No arrests were made during this phase of the investigation which is ongoing.

     

  • 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 advising householders in the Claremorris and Ballindine area of a bogus door-to-door collector that was operating in the area yesterday evening.

    The male collector was wearing a “Dogs Trust” t-shirt and was supposedly collecting for the charity, but gardai say Dogs Trust does not operate door- to- door in this way.

    The public are advised to be wary of door to door collectors and always seek identification from the collector. If unsure you should not engage with the person and check with the charity directly if you wish to make a donation.

  • 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 Ballyhaunis based Cllr has asked Mayo County Council to write to the Joint Policing Committee to put the issue of CCTV cameras in Ballyhaunis on its agenda.

    Fine Gael Cllr John Cribben was responding to a number of break-ins in the Ballyhaunis area over the past few months.

    He says some of those broken into brought him to their homes to show him the damage that was caused by the break-ins and outline the items of monetary and sentimental value which were taken.

    Cllr Cribben says he is not a member of the Joint Policing Committee so made the request at this week’s meeting of Claremorris Municipal District to have it included on the agenda for the next meeting of the JPC.

    He says he has been informed by Gardai that the crime rate drops significantly in areas were CCTV cameras are installed and he wants them placed on all approach routes to Ballyhaunis Town.

  • Two men in their 20's were fatally injured in a single vehicle road collision on the Killala Road in Ballina last night.

    The collision occurred at about 11.15 pm when a car, carrying three men, collided with a tree near the Costcutter store on the Killala Road.

    One man in his late 20's was pronounced dead at the scene.

    The other two men - also in their 20's - were taken to Mayo University Hospital where one was later pronounced dead.

    The third man remains in a serious condition in hospital.

    Gardai say the Killala Road in Ballina is closed to facilitate a forensic examination, and local diversions are in place.

    The road is closed from Leigue Cemetery to Gillespie's Garage.

    Motorists travelling from Ballina towards Killala should divert via the Gurteen roundabout on the Crossmolina Road.

    Motorists travelling from Killala towards Ballina should turn left before Coca Cola and go through Belleek.

    Meanwhile, HGVs travelling from Killala towards Ballina should divert after Asahi and use the road by Killala Rock and Mullafarry, while HGVs travelling from Ballina towards Killala should take the Crossmolina Road and turn right for Moygownagh.

    The road is expected to remain closed for much of the day.

    Gardai for appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision to contact them in Ballina at 096 - 20560 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

     

  • Drink drivers caught flouting the law will be put off the road with no exceptions.

    An amendment to The Road Traffic Bill was passed through the Dail this week.

    The tough new drink driving rules mean drivers could be banned even if they've only had half a pint of beer

    Previously, drivers faced a 200 euro fine and three penalty points.

  • 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.  

     

     

     

     

  • Drugs and a significant amount of cash were seized by Gardai in the Castlebar area over the Bank Holiday weekend.

    Gardai confirmed to Midwest News today that the drugs find was made after a car was stopped in the early hours of Saturday morning in the Islandeady area.

    The street value of the drugs believed to be cocaine and cannabis herb is in the region of €2,000.

    In a follow up search at a house in Castlebar further drugs were discovered.

    Also a sum of money – in the region of €4,000 – was confiscated.

    A man was arrested and held at Castlebar Garda Station for questioning.

    He was released around 6 p.m on Saturday evening.

    A file has been sent for the DPP.