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Stark rise in arrests over Donegal Rally weekend

Just one of the Donegal roads scarred by tyre marks.

A SPECIAL court was held in Letterkenny yesterday evening to deal with the vastly increased number of arrests made by gardai over the Rally weekend.

The Donegal News can reveal that the number of people arrested is expected to be double that of last year which was 56. The increase was in public order and drink driving offences while the number of dangerous driving offences were around the same as last years.

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One garda source told this paper that their targeted operation for the Rally weekend had worked well with many extra gardai drafted in to assist local members to deal with the 60,000 strong crowd.

“We are happy with the policing operation which went well with thankfully no major collisions,” the garda source said.

With the numerous arrests this weekend the figures for rally weekend arrests have been increasing year on year. There were 25 arrests during the 2015 Rally.

It was obvious across the county’s roads that rally fever had affected some drivers with donut skid marks visible on roads from Inishowen to Errigal and beyond.

Earlier yesterday the Garda Press Office issued this statement: “ A ‘live’ policing operation is currently in place in Donegal for the duration of the Rally. There are no major incidents to report at this time; in keeping with previous events a number of arrests have been made for driving related matters and under the public order acts. As the operation ongoing we will not be providing statistics at this stage. We will make this information available in the early part of this coming week when the event has concluded.”

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