Mayo Gardai

  • Gardai in Mayo are advising the general public to be vigilant for a new online scam in circulation.

    An email is being sent purporting to be from a parish priest in Mayo requesting to order a Google Play Card and looking for money to be sent on to help out a friend of his who is in distress.

    The message from Gardai is that this is a scam and do not reply to the email or transfer any money.

  • Mayo Gardai are urging the public to be on alert for scams, during the coronavirus outbreak.

    Chief Superintendent Tony Healy says 10 new Gardai have been deployed to the Mayo Garda Division, and Garda stations remain open as usual during Covid-19 to respond to any incidents.

    While streets are quieter than usual, the Chief Supt says crime continues to happen, and people should be on alert for bogus callers or online scams, as some criminals may use the current emergency to exploit others......

  • Gardai in Mayo are increasing their focus on prosecuting drivers suspected of being under the influence of drink or drugs in 2020, and in addition say they will be extending their focus on passengers in any vehicle where the driver is suspected of being under the influence of drugs.

    That’s according to Garda Superintendent Tom Calvey, who addressed the county Joint Policing Committee Meeting in Castlebar on Friday.

    Additional garda resources were put into the roads policing unit in the county last year (2019) and that has led to the number of people prosecuted for speeding to significantly increase last year compared to 2018, (2,818 in 2019 compared to 775 in 2018), the number of people fined for being on their mobile phone while driving has also almost trebled in that period, 118 in 2018 to 319 last year.

    Supt Calvey has been giving more details to Midwest News today.

  • Undercover Gardai in Mayo found five pubs in breach of Covid-19 guidelines yesterday, in relation to serving food with alcohol.

    Gardai in plain clothes visited 5 pubs across the county as part of Operation Navigation, and each of them was failing to comply with the regulations - which require that customers spend €9 euro on a substantial meal, when ordering alcohol.

    Supt Joe McKenna told Midwest News that a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in each of these cases, and there is also the possibility of an objection being lodged against the renewal of the publicans' licences.

    As wet pubs reopen to customers today, Operation Navigation will continue to ensure guidelines are being followed in relation to social distancing.

     

  • Four motorists were arrested by Gardaí in Mayo over the Bank Holiday weekend in respect of drink driving offences, according to the Connaught Telegraph.

    New laws came into force on Friday to impose an automatic driving disqualification on offenders.

    Up until now, drivers caught with a blood alcohol concentration of between 50 and 80mg had a fine and penalty points imposed.

    The new provisions mean those drivers would be disqualified from driving for three months.

  • Gardai are examining CCTV footage following a fire at the Convent grounds in Westport on Saturday evening.

    The fire occurred in the Summer House on the convent site, which is owned by Mayo County Council.

    The fire services responded and brought the situation under control.

    Mayo County Council have CCTV systems in place at the property, and say Gardai are viewing the CCTV images as part of their investigation into the incident.

     

     

  • Gardai are out on patrol across Co Mayo to ensure that the public cooperate with the new restrictions announced on Friday night by Taoiseach Leo Varadker.

    For the next two weeks, people are only allowed to leave the homes for essential work, to buy food, attend medical appointments or for vital family reasons, or to take exercise within 2km of their home.

    People over the age of 70 and those deemed vulnerable are urged to stay at home and cocoon.

    The extra restrictions remain in place until Easter Sunday, when they will be reviewed.

    Mayo's Chief Superintendent Tony Healy says people should carry documentation with them if they need to travel to work or medical appointments, in the event of being stopped by a Garda.

    He told Midwest News says people are broadly abiding by the new restrictions, but Gardai have the power to intervene where there are breaches...

  • Mayo Gardai are advising motorists that extra checkpoints will be in place across the county over the Easter weekend, as they clamp down on drink-driving, speeding and using mobile phones while driving.

    All road users are asked to exercise caution to ensure a safe weekend on roads.

    Inspector Dermot Butler of the Mayo Roads Policing Unit and told Midwest News that an additional 6 members - a sergeant and five Gardai -  were assigned to the Roads Policing Unit last week, and will be working out of Swinford.

  • Mayo Gardai are appealing for builders yards, building sites and other commercial premises to be locked up securely over the Christmas holidays.

    Many construction companies will be finishing up tomorrow for the festive season, and Gardai are advising that tools and other equipment should be secured.

    Westport Gardai are continuing to investigate two burglaries which occurred over the first weekend of December.

    A lock-up was broken into at Westport United grounds with equipment worth over €30,000 stolen, including lawnmower, strimmers and power tools, while a white Isuzu lorry was stolen from a premises at the Westport Industrial Park the same weekend.

    Garda Tony McCabe of Westport Garda Station says builders in particular should secure their premises over the Christmas holidays....

  • Pope Francis' visit to Ireland cost 4.2 million euro in Garda overtime, according to new figures.

    The Pontiff's 38-hour visit to Dublin and Knock came before mass in the Phoneix Park last August.

    His trip to Knock Shrine  contributed to Mayo's Garda overtime bill increasing by 19 per cent.