A large-scale disturbance in Lyster Square last week resulted in a notable garda presence, as arrests were made following the seizure of a number of weapons.
A garda spokesperson has confirmed that last Wednesday, April 8, at around 4.30pm, an incident occurred involving a large number of men in Lyster Square. A group of men from Laois was involved, as were men from outside the county.
A number of weapons was seized on the day, although no assaults were reported to the gardaí. Two arrests were made and one male, a juvenile, was charged before Portlaoise District Court last Thursday, April 9.
The gardaí are currently reviewing CCTV footage from the area to establish if any further arrests are to be made.
In other crime news locally, the garda spokesperson revealed that two reported burglaries took place across the county within the last week.
On April 9, a burglary took place at a filling station in the Borris in Ossory area. Forced entry was gained to the premises some time between midnight and 7am and a quantity of cash was taken.
No vehicle was spotted in the area and the gardaí are currently reviewing CCTV footage from the scene. The gardaí are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen anything suspicious in the Ballaghmore area.
And some time between 7pm on April 11 and 10.30am on April 12, a garden shed was broken into at a home in the Mountmellick area and a quantity of gardening equipment stolen.
If anyone can help with any of these crimes, call Portlaoise Garda Station on 05786 74100.