An investigation is under way into a number of alleged sexual assaults on teenage girls near Sligo town on Saturday evening.

A criminal investigation was launched over the weekend after a number of teenage girls reported they had been the victims of sexual assaults on Saturday night.

The girls had been out socialising and the alleged assaults took place between 8pm and 10pm.

Gardaí subsequently identified two potential crime scenes and sealed off a section of the GAA grounds at Maugheraboy and a house around a kilometre away for forensic examination.

Gardaí say they want to speak to anyone who was in the Ballydoogan, Oakfield and Maugheraboy areas of Sligo and any motorists with dashcams who drove through them on Saturday night.

They say they have made contact with a taxi driver who took a fare to Manorhamilton in Leitrim that night. Investigating officers had sought the assistance of the taxi driver as part of their appeal for information.

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Specialist sexual investigation officers are involved in the investigation, alongside the sexual assault unit in Letterkenny and the divisional protective services unit.

An incident room has been set up in Sligo Garda Station, a senior investigating officer has been appointed and officers from the Divisional Protective Services Bureau are involved.

Specialist garda child interviewers have also been called in because of the ages of the alleged victims.

Gardaí are appealing to taxi drivers, witnesses or anyone with information to Sligo Garda Station on 071 915700, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

Additional reporting by Eileen Magnier