Six arrests have been made in relation to burglaries which took place in the Westport area over the summer. Superintendent of Westport, Aiden Foley, said that three people are before the courts as a result of these arrests. Supt Foley informed members of these arrests at the town’s JPC which took place on Monday.
When asked about break-ins in the town the superintendent said there has been no increase in burglaries as figures for the first nine months are running identical to the same period last year.
Supt Foley also informed the JPC that a text alert scheme is to be rolled out in one community in the Westport area as soon as possible, as text alert systems have worked well in other parts of the country.
Councillor Christy Hyland said that community alert schemes are excellent, however “what worries me is the lack of Garda resources.” The councillor said “through political channels I’ll be asking what the plan for policing in rural Ireland is.”
Supt Foley said that there are proposals to close down more Garda stations, however no station in the Westport district is to close in 2013.