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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Gardaí arrest 45 in massive swoop on gang crime

Published 14/09/2016 | 02:30

Seventy gardaí were involved in the raids, including local personnel, the mounted unit, the dog unit, and armed members of the regional support unit (Stock picture)
Seventy gardaí were involved in the raids, including local personnel, the mounted unit, the dog unit, and armed members of the regional support unit (Stock picture)

Gardaí arrested 45 people yesterday in a massive swoop designed to disrupt crime and round up wanted criminals.

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The arrests all took place in the Co Carlow area as part of an operation codenamed Thor.

A number of searches of dwellings were carried out by teams deployed at different locations. The suspects were arrested on a range of ­charges, ranging from the sale and ­supply of drugs to intoxication in a public place.

A total of 28 of those arrested were taken in on the back of existing arrest warrants.

Seventy gardaí were involved in the raids, including local ­personnel, the mounted unit, the dog unit, and armed members of the regional support unit.

They were also supported by 50 trainees from the Garda College in Templemore.

Burglary rates have dropped by more than a third since Thor was launched last November, with a 34pc decrease in burglaries in the past 10 months.

Residential break-ins are down by 35pc to 10,853 incidents, while burglaries from commercial premises have fallen by 26pc to 3,951 crimes, when compared with 2014-15.

Irish Independent

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