Gardai arrest 22 in major operation

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A TOTAL of 22 have been arrested in relation to crime in counties Carlow and Kilkenny.  As part of Operation Thor, Gardaí carried out a ‘day of action’ in the Thomastown area. 

A number of planned searches were conducted by teams deployed to different locations within the Kilkenny/Carlow Division.  A total of 22 people have so far been arrested in relation to crime investigation in the area.

The breakdown on outcomes of these arrests are:

  • One person remains in custody at present detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.
  • Ten people have been charged and bailed to appear at local District courts in the near future.
  • Two people were charged and brought before a sitting of Carlow District Court today.
  • Three people have been charged and remanded in custody to prison.
  • Two people were released with files being prepared for the DPP.
  • Three adult cautions were administered.
  • One person will be a GYDO referral through Juvenile Office.

The total number of arrests for this operation currently stands at 28 as a further six people have been arrested on foot of warrants.  A total of seven warrants have been executed.

Three vehicles were also detained under Section 41 of the Road Traffic Act. A stolen bike was also recovered.  In addition to this, a search was carried out in Graiguenamanagh, Co Kilkenny and approximately €2,300 worth of fireworks were seized.

Throughout the ‘day of action’, there were also a number of community engagement activities conducted, including visits to local national schools in Gowran, Goresbridge and Skaoughvasteen with community engagement teams and the Garda Mounted Unit. Gardai were also deployed on beat duty.

At the end of September, 34 people were arrested as part of an on-going operation aimed at disrupting criminal activity in Carlow and Kilkenny.

Twenty-three people were arrested in relation to crime investigations; two were charged and brought to Carlow District Court.

Twelve people were charged and bailed to appear before Kilkenny District Court.

The offences for which people were arrested include theft, assault, burglary, sale and supply of illegal drugs, and possession of a firearm.

Eleven premises were searched in Kilkenny and numerous breaches of the Misuse of Drugs Act were found.

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