Monday 11 December 2017

Organised crime unit swoops on men in Clonroche


AN ORGANISED crime busting unit of the Gardaí made a dramatic appearance in Clonroche last week.

Two suspects were arrested after a stolen car was stopped by armed officers around 8.30 p.m. near the village on Thursday evening.

A spokesman for the force confirmed that two men, who were not from the locality, were detained in Clonroche after the vehicle in which they were travelling was intercepted.

One man was aged 23 and the other 18 and they were brought to the station in New Ross for interrogation.

It is believed that the pair may be associated with a Dublin gang specialising in burglary. The spokesman also confirmed that housebreaking equipment including a sledgehammer and screw drivers were discovered in the car.

Clonroche was agog with rumour on Friday morning after armed Gardaí were seen in the area the previous evening. The talk was of an incident at Ballinclay Lane off the main N30 Clonroche to New Ross Road.

Suggestions circulating around Clonroche was that guns were recovered by the authorities from the car. However, the Garda press office was quick to squash any such suggestion and confirmed that the only firearms involved were those carried by members of the force.

Thursday's arrests were made by officers engaged in Operation Fiachla, a nationwide offensive against the organised criminal gangs responsible for many breakins.

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