GARDAI in Donegal have detained a further five men over the past 36 hours in their drive to clampdown on the spate of burglaries in the county in recent weeks.
Near Ramelton three men were detained by members of the force when a spot check showed the man were not carrying any identification.
The men, all with addresses in Yorkshire but believed to be staying in Derry, are understood to be members of an English Travelling community gang.
A garda car on patrol in rural areas outside Ramelton stopped the UK-registered car and detained all three men for questioning.
They were not formally arrested but their fingerprints and photographs were taken.
The men offered no explanation as to what they were doing in the Ballyare area.
Gardai are carrying out stop and search patrols across the county in response to the recent robberies.
On Friday two more suspects were detained in the Rock area of Ballyshannon following a number of robberies there.
The suspects, aged 19 and 20, are being held at the town’s garda station. They were being questioned about a crimewave in the south of the county including house burglaries, copper theft and motor offences in Ballyshannon and Bundoran.
It’s understood one suspect was arrested at 1am on Friday and a second suspect an hour earlier.