Monday 26 September 2016

Seven arrested, eight vehicles seized, and suspected stolen property seized during planned garda checkpoints

Geraldine Gittens

Published 07/12/2015 | 23:08

Seven people were arrested
Seven people were arrested

Seven people were arrested, eight vehicles were seized, and suspected stolen property was seized during planned garda checkpoints in Dublin yesterday.

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The planned checkpoints took place in the Balbriggan/M1 Motorway area between 2am and midday yesterday targeting criminality on the motorway network.

Some seven people were arrested during the operation for Road Traffic offences and court related matters.

Eight vehicles were seized for breaches contravening the Road Traffic Act.

More than 100 vehicles were searched and “a quantity of suspected stolen property, including power tools”. A number of counterfeit goods were also recovered, according to a garda spokesperson.

A total of ten offences were detected by the Taxi Regulator’s Office who examined in excess of 150 public service vehicles.

Officers from the Customs Revenue Services checked over 100 vehicles, four of which were found to contain 'green diesel'. One other vehicle was seized for VRT offences.

As part of Operation Thor, co-ordinated, multi-agency checkpoints were carried out by Gardaí from the DMR Northern Division, Garda Regional Traffic Units, officers from Revenue Customs Services and staff of the Taxi Regulator’s Office.

Multi agency, high visibility checkpoints are a deterrent for criminal activity, a garda spokesperson said.

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