Garda make series of arrests as part of Operation Thor

Three-day policing initiative in Waterford city involved 72 checkpoints

About 120 gardaí took part in the operation in Waterford. Photograph: Eric Luke

 

Gardaí made a series of arrests on Wednesday as part of Operation Thor in Waterford city.

Some 34 people were arrested by gardaí as part of “Project Storm”, a three-day policing initiative aimed at preventing crime, disrupting criminal activity and enhancing community engagement.

The targeted arrests were made in connection with ongoing investigations into recent burglary, theft, criminal damage, assault and violent disorder incidents and in relation to bench and penal warrants.

Garda said a total of 72 checkpoints were carried out aimed at intercepting and disrupting criminal groups in the city. Crime prevention and road safety information was distributed to motorists during the checkpoints.

Twelve operational searches were carried out as part of ongoing investigations, including six locations targeting reported drug crime.

Crime prevention and awareness stands were set up at two local shopping centres and at University Hospital Waterford, where advice leaflets and crime prevention information were distributed to the public.

Increased high-visibility foot patrols were carried out across 18 neighbourhoods in the city.

About 120 members took part in the operation which was led by gardaí from Waterford District and Division, assisted by the Armed Support Unit and trainee gardaí from the Garda College, Templemore.