An Garda Síochana has confirmed that a number of operations were conducted in North Mayo in recent days to address issues of public concern.
The series of operations was carried out within one 24 hour period by local gardai in the general Ballycastle/Killala area.
When contacted by the Western People, local Gd Supt Joe Doherty said concerns had been raised by various members of the public in North Mayo in relation to a number of issues including dogs worrying livestock, boy racers and suspected breaches of the Covid-19 public health-associated 5km travel restriction.
The operations conducted proved successful with local gardaí, working in partnership with Mayo Co Council’s dog warden, seizing three dogs from their owners and issuing fines.
Two vehicles were also seized in two different areas and a total of nine tickets were issued in respect of breaches of the 5km travel restriction.
Supt Doherty said: “Persons intent on breaking the 5km rule and running loose dogs especially in areas where there is livestock in the vicinity will not be tolerated.”
He revealed that further similar operations are planned for the coming days to prevent this type of behaviour and extended his thanks to the general public and local community alert groups for their assistance with these matters.