OPERATION THOR: 34 arrests, 14 people charged and three vehicles seized
By COLIN BARTLEY
THIRTY-four people were arrested, 14 are now facing court charges and three vehicles were seized as part of Operation Thor in Kilkenny yesterday.
The day of action at disrupting criminal activity and preventing crime in the Kilkenny/Carlow Garda Division took place throughout yesterday and was a great success for gardai.
A total of 34 people were arrested. One man arrested and is currently detained at Kilkenny Garda station in relation to a Cannabis seizure with an estimated value of €25,000.
Two more people were charged for separate crimes and appeared in court yesterday. Another 12 people were remanded on bail and are due to appear in court at a later date.
Seven more people were arrested and later released with files being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions(DPP).
Two juveniles received a JLO, Garda Youth Diversion Office (GYDO) referral, while 10 further arrests were made on foot of active bench warrants.
Gardai seized three vehicles were seized under section 41 of the Road Traffic Act 1994, from the many checkpoints that were set-up around the county yesterday.
Gardaí made a number of arrests in relation to incidents of suspicion of theft offences, assault, burglaries, possession of drugs for sale and supply, making threats and possessing a firearm.
An Garda Síochána and Kilkenny Co Council conducted a joint agency Environmental Waste Management Checkpoint at Templemartin, Co Kilkenny. This checkpoint was to detect any illegal waste disposal that may be in operation in Kilkenny. During the course of this checkpoint, one offence was detected.
As part of Community Engagement Policing, Gardaí visited four local schools and were accompanied by the Garda Mounted Unit. A number of Crime Prevention Checkpoints were in place in the Castlecomer area and Kilkenny city. Four German Police Officers visiting and observing Policing in Ireland, were also present during the Operation, while 26 Garda trainees also took part in the operation.