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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Gardaí investigating the sale and supply of controlled drugs in the Sligo/Leitrim area have seized Cannabis Herb with an estimated street value of €325,000.

    As part of a planned operation Gardaí from the Ballymote District assisted by the Divisional Drugs and Crime Units searched a residential property in Ballymote, Co Sligo yesterday.

    Cannabis Herb and associated drug paraphernalia was seized.

    No arrests have been made and investigations are continuing.

  • Emergency services attended the scene of a road collision on the Ballyhaunis to Knock road earlier this afternoon.

    It's understood the 2-vehicle collision occurred near the Western Brand poultry factory outside Ballyhaunis shortly after 2pm.

    Gardai and ambulance services attended the scene, but Gardai say there were no serios injuries sustained.

    Traffic was down to one lane for a time while the vehicles were being removed.

     

     

  • The Castlerea prisoner that escaped from custody while attending the Emergency Department of Mayo University Hospital on Saturday morning last is back in garda custody.

    The Prison Service confirmed to Midwest News this morning that the man in his thirties was apprehended by gardai near Tullamore last night.

    He is now in garda custody.

    The prisoner took off by foot from the ED of the Castlebar hospital at about 10am last Saturday morning.

    The garda search for the man ended approx 72 hours later when he was discovered in county Offaly last night.

     

  • Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after a woman died following a fatal collision in Co. Galway yesterday evening.

    Shortly after 9pm a female pedestrian in her 70s was fatally injured when she was struck by a 4x4. The collision occurred on the M18 (southbound) near junction 17 at Cloughboley, Ardrahan. Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene. The injured woman was pronounced dead at short time later. The driver of the 4x4 was uninjured.

    The woman’s body has been removed to the mortuary at University Hospital Galway for a post-mortem examination. The local Coroner has been notified.

    Garda forensic collision investigators have examined the crash site and the road has since fully reopened to traffic.

    Gardaí investigating the incident are appealing for witnesses to contact Gort Garda Station 091-636400 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.