Man and woman arrest at Kildare after suspected shotguns found on N7

A man and woman have been arrested following the seizure of two suspected firearms in Co Kildare. 

A Garda statement said: “Gardaí have seized two shotguns and arrested two persons following an incident in County Kildare on the evening of Monday, 31st January 2022.

“At approximately 10:30 pm, uniform Gardaí on patrol on the N7 Northbound at Kill attempted to stop a vehicle for road traffic offences.  The vehicle was involved in a collision when it struck a pole and a barrier after exiting at Junction 5, N7 Northbound Exit.”

 There were no injuries as a result of the collision.

Gardaí arrested the driver, and sole occupant of the vehicle, a woman in her mid-40s, who is currently being detained at Naas Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against The State Act, 1939.

A bag containing two suspected shotguns was recovered by gardaí at the scene.

These firearms have been identified as having been stolen in a recent burglary in the eastern region and have been sent to the Garda Ballistics Unit for further analysis.

The vehicle involved in this incident has been seized for technical examination.

As a result of additional investigations into this matter, Gardaí arrested a man in his early 60s on Tuesday, 1st February, 2022. He is also currently being detained at Naas Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against The State Act, 1939.

Gardaí are appealing to any persons who were travelling between the Curragh Roundabout at Junction 12 and the Old Kilcullen area between 6.30 pm and 10.30 pm on Monday and saw any activity that drew their attention or saw the movements of a black Toyota Avensis (O7 CN registered) and/or a red Volvo 40 (07 D registered), to come forward.

“Any road users travelling along this route at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) who observed the movements of these vehicles are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact Naas Garda Station on 045 884300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.” Garda statement said.

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