Thursday 23 May 2019

Extra gardai for town welcomed

An extra 25 gardai are to be posted to Drogheda in a bid to fully tackle the ongoing feud in the town.

Minister Charlie Flanagan and Commissioner Drew Harris made the pledge after a briefing with local officers at Drogheda Garda Station last Thursday.

The move will bolster 'Operation Stratus' - which commenced in October 2018 - and has resulted in significant results by local Gardaí in the Drogheda Garda District supported by wider Garda Resources in the Louth Division and National Units.

A number of incidents have been reported, including firearms offences, possession of drugs, petrol bomb incidents, criminal damage offences and general road traffic offences.

There has been a number of successes, with four persons before the Courts in relation to False Imprisonment in November 2018, four arrested in relation to attempted murder February 2018. A file has been prepared for the DPP, the recovery of a machine gun and seizure of drugs as well as drug seizures, and 319 searches.

Speaking in Drogheda this evening Chief Superintendent Christy Mangan said - "As Chief Superintendent in charge of the Louth Garda Division I want to assure the people of Drogheda that we will deal forcibly with the crime gangs and dismantle their criminal networks. I ask that the community in Drogheda continue to support us and I reassure them that we have a very comprehensive Operational plan in place to deal with the criminals involved".

Meanwhile, Cllr Pio Smith says that progress on CCTV in key areas is being made.

"I recently requested an update on the CCTV situation in Moneymore and was informed that Louth County Council are progressing the procurement of CCTV system for the estate. There are unforeseen technical challenges around the linking of the system to the system managed by the Gardai. I expect this to be resolved by way of solutions offered in the procurement process.

Drogheda Independent