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 13-year-old boy who had been missing in the Carrowmore-Lacken area since Friday has been found safe and well.

    Jake Bagnell went missing at around 9.30am on Friday morning.

    Gardai confirmed to Midwest News this morning that Jake has been found safe and well.

    They thanked the hundreds of local volunteers who have helped in the search since Friday and say without their assistance they may not have located Jake so quickly.

  • 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.

  • 214 motorists have been arrested in Mayo to date this year, for driving under the influence of drink or drugs.

    The figures were confirmed by the Chief Superintendent for the Mayo division Pat Diskin, as he issued a warning to motorists not to drink and drive this Christmas.

    Drink driving is a contributory factor in many road collisions, and Gardai say 9 people have been fatally injured on Mayo roads so far in 2018 - 7 drivers, one passenger and one pedestrian.

    Chief Supt. Diskin says he makes no apologies for the increased number of Garda checkpoints-  particularly in the mornings - and confirmed he has increased the number of Gardai working in the Road Traffic Unit.

  • Drivers are being urged to put away their mobile phones when driving this Easter weekend, as new figures show that almost 5,000 drivers were caught by Gardai holding their phone while driving in the first 2 months of this year - an increase of 24% on the same period last year.

    The Road Safety Authority has expressed concern at the figures, and say using a mobile phone while driving makes a motorist four times more likely to crash.

    Gardai have also issued a road safety message ahead of Easter, appealing to motorists to slow down, always wear seatbelts, be well-rested and never drink and drive.

    Last Easter, two people were killed and 14 seriously injured over the Bank Holiday weekend, and Superintendent Noel Kelly of the Western Regional Traffic Unit is urging motorists to take extra care and plan ahead for the long weekend.

  • Gardai in Ballina are seeking public assistance in locating an item taken from a construction site in Foxford last weekend.

    Works are being carried out at Clossagh Road, Foxford, on a new sewerage scheme. The company that are carrying out these works had a road saw Husquarna FS400LV, orange in colour, taken from the side of the road between 1.30 and 5pm on last Friday afternoon, the 10th May. 

    The company had hired the equipment and it is new, and valued at €3000.

    The owner of the equipment is prepared to pay a reward for information leading to its return.

  • 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.”

     

  • Gardai in Mayo have been aggressively targeting the sale and supply of illegal drugs during 2018, with 51 detections so far this year - more than double last year's number.

    There have been 163 arrests in relation to the possession of drugs for personal use - up 46% on last year - while 14 people were detected cultivating drugs in 2018 - similar to last year's figure.

    The focus this year has particularly been on detecting those involved in the sale and supply of illegal drugs.

    That's according to the Chief Superintendent for the Mayo Garda division, Pat Diskin.

  • 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 65-year-old man has died in a three-vehicle collision in Mayo.

    It’s understood the man is from the East Mayo area.

    The collision between two cars and a lorry occurred on the N5 at Swinford, close to the Kiltimagh Road/Applegreen Junction.

    Another person has been taken to hospital following the collision.

    Their condition is currently unknown.

    The road is closed between the junction for Kiltimagh and the Kilkelly junction.

    Gardai are advising motorists to take an alternative route if possible – if travelling east or west. Possible alternatives are through Kiltimagh and Foxford. Also for people travelling to the airport, they should go through Swinford town and back out onto the N5.

    The road will remain closed for some time.

  • 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.

  • A nine year old girl has died and a 7 year old boy is seriously injured, following a collision with a car, while cycling in County Galway. 

    Gardai are currently at the scene, on the Ballinasloe to Ahascragh Road. 

    The collision happened shortly before noon today. 

    Both children were taken to Portiuncula Hospital where the 9 year old girl was later pronounced dead. 

    The 7 year old boy remains in a serious condition. 

    The road is currently closed for a forensic examination and Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information to contact Ballinasloe Garda Station on 0909 631890.

  • Gardai have confirmed to Midwest News that they are investigating an incident of criminal damage and assault at a house at Falsk, Roscommon in the early hours of this morning.

    Gardai say that the incident occurred at around 5.30am. Reports suggest a large number of men entered the property early this morning.

    Gardai say a number of people were injured during the incident, and three required hospital treatment.

    A number of vehicles were set on fire and a dog was also seriously injured and had to be put down as a result.

    This follows on from a statement by Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice to the Dail earlier this week, in which he said a group of up to 30 men, believed to be working on behalf of a third party, removed three people living at the property and secured it earlier this week.

    Investigations into last night’s incident are ongoing.

  • 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. 

  • The Garda Ombudsman Commission is investigating an incident in Castlerea in the early hours of Sunday morning in which a Garda was allegedly assaulted.

    The incident occurred at about 1am on Sunday morning, when a Garda was allegedly assaulted by two men at Roselawn, Castlerea.

    The male Garda and the suspected offenders were taken to hospital.

    The matter has now been referred to GSOC, under Section 102 of the Garda Act 2005.

    A spokesperson for the Garda Ombudsman has confirmed to Midwest News that the incident has been referred to them, and is being examined to determine if an investigation is warranted into the circumstances involved.

     

     

  • 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.

  • The body discovered on a beach in Galway earlier this week has been identified as that of missing man Robert Murray.

    A search had been underway for a number of weeks for the 25-year old missing from Salthill.

    His body was found on Renmore beach on Monday evening and removed to University Hospital Galway for post-mortem examination.

    Gardai say foul play is not suspected, and a file will be prepared for the Coroner.

    Meanwhile Galway Gardai are continuing to appeal for information on Roland Mitchell.

    The 26-year old from Fr Griffin Road in Galway was last seen on Saturday evening last, and his family are concerned for his wellbeing.

     

  • 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.