Ireland Gardaí arrest 31 in two-day Waterford crime crackdown

17:35  08 february  2018
17:35  08 february  2018 Source:   Journal.ie

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The operation involved local gardaí as well as members of the Armed Support Unit and trainee gardaí . Thirty four people have been arrested in Waterford during a three- day operation targetting criminal activity in the city.

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a large body of water with a city in the background © Madrugada Verde Shutterstock GARDAÍ HAVE SAID they’ve arrested 31 people for a range of offences including thefts, assaults, criminal damage, robbery and burglaries during a two-day operation in Waterford.

Operation Storm started on Tuesday and involved searches, arrests, warrant executions and checkpoints throughout the city.

Of the 31 arrested, 16 have been charged and are due to appear at local sittings of Waterford District Court. A total of seven premises were also searched, while 13 people were arrested on outstanding warrants.

Gardaí said this crime operation “featured arrests and detentions against all active burglary and theft criminals in the Waterford district”.

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They added that the checkpoints set up around the city, and patrols, “were deployed to prevent further crime through high visibility targeted policing of key locations with the clear object of intercepting criminals as they move about the Waterford district”.

Three vehicles were seized from these checkpoints.

Six arrests were also made for possession of drugs, while another was arrested on suspicion of the sale and supply of drugs.

Gardaí also set up crime prevention advice stands at areas such as University Hospital Waterford, Tesco, Lisduggan Shopping Centre and City Square Shopping Centre.

As well as detecting and preventing crime, gardaí said that this operation also aimed to “enhance public relations”.

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