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A garda checkpoint near Midleton as part of Operation Thor.
A garda checkpoint near Midleton as part of Operation Thor.
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Five people arrested during a Garda 'Day of Action' in Midleton

Gardaí have arrested five people in relation to incidents of fraud, assault and drug driving as part of an Operation Thor Day of Action in the Midleton on Tuesday.

The multi-agency operation was carried out by uniform and detective Gardaí along with Gardaí from Immigration, Drugs Unit, Roads Policing Unit, Regional Dog Unit and the Armed Support Unit.

A man in his 60s was arrested in relation to a fraud incident that occurred in January 2017 where the injured party, a man from Europe, was alleged to have been defrauded out of over €400,000. 

The man was arrested in Cork, detained at Cobh Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 and was later released without charge. A file will be prepared for the DPP.

A man was arrested on suspicion of drug driving, detained at Cobh Garda Station and was released pending a file to the DPP.

Two men were arrested in relation to a public order incident where a Garda was assaulted in Midleton on October 20. 

They were detained at Cobh Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 and have since been released pending a file to the DPP.

A man was arrested on foot of a bench warrant and have since appeared before the courts.

As part of the day of action, multi-agency checkpoints were carried out in Knockgriffin, Castleredmond, Midleton, Tullagreine and Carrigtwohill with the assistance of Revenue Customs Officers and Road Safety Authority (RSA).

At these checkpoints, five vehicles were seized by Gardaí for no tax/insurance and a number of fines were issued for incidents of speeding, holding a mobile phone while driving and not wearing a seat belt. 

Customs detected four vehicles with suspected green diesel and the RSA had several detections on both heavy and light goods vehicles.

Speaking at Midleton Garda Station today, Superintendent Adrian Gamble said: "The whole purpose of yesterday’s operation was to work closely with our stakeholders, to ensure a safer East Cork community, enhance community engagement and to prevent crime.

"We had a dedicated team of Inspectors, Sergeants and Gardaí on the ground who also took the opportunity to issue vital crime prevention advice to motorists regarding our winter anti-burglary campaign and the need to light up and lock up.”