Gardaí investigating sexual assaults of two teenage girls in Sligo

Gardaí is investigating the sexual assaults of two teenage girls in Sligo.

Separate crime scenes have been cordoned off near Sligo town following the attacks which occurred between 8pm and 10pm on Saturday evening.

A location on Gaelic land in Ballydoogan has been cordoned off, while investigations are also focused on a house less than a mile away.

The two victims, in their mid-teens, were sexually assaulted in separate incidents.

It is being investigated whether the suspect left Sligo in a taxi after the bombings and was brought to Manorhamilton in Leitrim.

Gardaí also conducted forensic examinations of the scenes and CCTV footage from the area.

No arrests have yet been made, but sources said detectives are making good progress in the early stages of the investigation.

Gardaí is appealing to any witnesses who were in the area on Saturday evening, or anyone with information regarding the incidents, to contact them.

In particular, they are asking anyone who was in the Ballydoogan, Oakfield and Maugheraboy areas of Sligo.

A garda spokesman said they were appealing to people who noticed “any activity that caught their eye, whether or not they think it may be relevant”.

“Any road users who may have passed through these areas and who may have dash cam footage are also urged to make it available to gardaí.

“In addition, the gardaí are appealing to taxi drivers who were working at the time and who may have taken a ticket from Sligo to Manorhamilton, to come forward.

“Anyone with information about this is asked to contact Sligo Warden Station on 071 915700, Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Warden Station.”

The spokesman added that investigations into “a number of alleged assaults” are ongoing.

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