Strong winds and public order matters make for busy Christmas period for gardaí

Longford Garda Station. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie

Longford Garda Station. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie


It has been a busy few days for local gardaí with gale force winds to the fore and revellers celebrating the holiday season.

A stretch of the N4/N5 bypass outside Longford town was closed this morning following an accident in the early hours of last Friday.

A man sustained leg injuries after the vehicle he was driving collided with a parked car that had broken down on the stretch of road on Thursday night.

The driver of the vehicle was taken to the Midlands Regional Hospital, Mullingar where he is being treated for his injuries. Meanwhile the road has re-opened and gardaí are continuing with their investigation.

The stormy weather of the past 24 hours is expected to start subsiding over the next few hours say gardaí. The force has reported a busy couple of days attending to minor accidents and tree falls as a direct result of the weather which saw winds hit gusts of up to 60-70 miles per hour in some parts of the county.

Over the course of the festive period, gardaí arrested a number of people under the Public Order Act and there were two people charged with drink driving. On Christmas Eve morning at 9:30am, gardaí were called to a disturbance on Longford’s Ballymahon Street, where a number of people were involved in an altercation. Businesses were disrupted for a time as gardaí endeavoured to calm the situation which broke out between a number of local people as shoppers hurried around grabbing the last minute bits and pieces for Christmas. “This matter is under investigation and a file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP),” a garda spokesperson added.

A business premises on the Athlone Road in Longford town was also targeted by thieves over the festive period. A quantity of cash was taken in the incident and gardaí are appealing to anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the area to make contact with them.




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