Fifth man arrested in rural crime crackdown
A fifth man has been arrested in a Garda crackdown on rural crime in Limerick.
The man, who is in his 20s, who was arrested last night in Limerick city, is being questioned on suspicion of involvement in organised crime.
Four other men in their 20s, were detained by armed gardaí in a series of dawn raids yesterday morning in the Pallasgreen and Doon areas of south-east Limerick.
The arrests are part of a Garda operation targeting criminal activity across areas ofeast Limerick in recent months.
The region has been hit hard recently by a wave of violent burglaries and several suspected arson attacks on farmer's hay barns.
A total of 40 gardaí, including the armed Regional Support Unit (RSU), the Garda Dog Unit, and the Garda Divisional Drug Unit, were involved in the planned operation.
Gardaí swooped at 7am on Tuesday in five locations, arresting four men.
The fifth man was arrested on Tuesday night.
The operation is being led by Bruff gardaí, under the direction of Acting Superintendent Luke Conlon.
Four of the men are being held in Garda stations in Limerick city and county under organised crime legislation, Section 50 of the Offences Against the State Act.
This allows gardaí to detain them for seven days without charge.
One of the men is being held under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act at Tipperary town Garda station. This allows gardaí to detain him for up to three days without charge.
A local campaign has been launched urging the roll out of Garda text alert systems across the area after concerns about the increased level of crime.