28 Sept 2022

Gardaí make arrests after investigation into social media death threat videos

Videos may be connected to Fermanagh machete attack

Arrests made in Midlands following social media death threats

Arrests made in Midlands following social media death threats

Gardaí in Athlone are investigating a number of threats to kill and cause serious harm to persons made on social media over the past few days.

On Thursday, Athlone Gardaí conducted a number of planned searches in the Athlone area, searching for weapons which were displayed in these videos and media devices used in the commission of these crimes.

A number of electronic devices and weapons were seized during the searches.

These involved Garda resources from Athlone and the Regional Support Unit.

During the course of these searched three males from the Athlone area were arrested.

One man is in his late 40s and the other two are in their 20s.

These men are currently being detained at Mullingar and Athlone Garda Station and are detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

Gardaí in Athlone are liaising with the PSNI in relation to the persons arrested and the social media videos as they may be connected to a recent serious incident in Fermanagh, which is under investigation by the PSNI.

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