Three men have been charged in connection with violent disorder and criminal damage in Co. Westmeath.

On Thursday Gardaí were called after a crowd gathered in the Grange Crescent area of Mullingar, some armed with pickaxe handles.

A number of homes were damaged and two men seriously injured.

One man in his 30s was arrested at the scene and has since been charged and appeared in court.

Three men in their 30s and one in his 20s were arrested in a follow-up operation yesterday.

One man in his 30s has since been released without charge, but the rest are appearing before a special sitting of Mullingar District Court this afternoon.