Garda crackdown on criminal gang leads to more than 30 arrests

Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly

34 arrested in huge Garda operation in Carlow and Kilkenny

34 arrested in huge Garda operation in Carlow and Kilkenny

Gardaí have made more than 30 arrests as part of Operation Thor day of action was carried out in Kilkenny which was observed by German police.

A total of 34 people were arrested on Wednesday, September 25 under what Gardaí call Operation Storm, an operation aimed at disrupting criminal activity and preventing crime by the Carlow Kilkenny Garda Division.

One man was arrested and is currently detained at Kilkenny Garda station in relation to a cannabis seizure with an estimated value of €25,000 

Two people appeared in court yesterday September 25.

A further 12 people were remanded on bail and are due to appear in court at a later date.

Seven people were arrested and later released with files being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Two people received a JLO, Garda Youth Diversion Office (GYDO) referral.

Ten arrests were made on foot of Active Bench Warrants.

Three vehicles were seized under section 41 of the Road Traffic Act 1994

Gardaí made a number of arrests in relation to incidents of suspicion of theft offences, assault, burglaries, possession of drugs for sale and supply, making threats and possessing a firearm.

As part of Community Engagement Policing, Gardaí visited four local schools and were accompanied by the Garda Mounted Unit.

A number of Crime Prevention Checkpoints were in place in the Castlecomer area and Kilkenny city. Gardaí reported a positive engagement from the local community.

During the operation, Gardaí and Kilkenny County Council conducted a joint agency Environmental Waste Management Checkpoint at Templemartin, Co Kilkenny. Gardaí say this checkpoint was mounted to detect any illegal waste disposal that may be in operation in Kilkenny. During the course of this checkpoint, one offence was detected and fixed payment notice was issued for not having a waste disposal permit on board.

Four German Police Officers visiting and observing policing in Ireland were also present during the Operation.