Eight arrested in Cork as Gardaí carry out multiple checkpoints

Eight arrested in Cork as Gardaí carry out multiple checkpoints
Multi agency checkpoints taking place in Cork as part of Operation Thor. Picture: An Garda Síochána on Facebook.

Gardaí have arrested eight people in relation to incidents of theft, theft from a vehicle, assault and fraud as part on an Operation Thor Day of Action in the Cork West Garda Division yesterday.

Six were arrested and charged for 29 incidents of theft, theft from MPV, fraud and assault, while two others were arrested for drug driving on March 10.

In addition to the arrests, one adult cation was issued for criminal damage.

Two multi agency checkpoints on the N71, Toureen Ballinhassig, and on the R586- Ballyhalwick, Dunmanway were carried out by Gardaí with Customs and Revenue, Cork County Council-Environmental Protection Unit Enforcement Officers and Road Safety Authority.

During the checkpoints, Revenue Officers found five vehicles with VRT issues, the RSA detected two vehicles with defects and Gardaí arrested one person on suspicion of drug driving and seized a car for no tax.

Crime Prevention Officer, Sgt O Donavan and Community Policing Gardaí held crime prevention information stands throughout the division and gave out information regarding fraud, bogus traders and personal safety. 

"The combatting of fraudulent online crime is one of the goals of the West Garda divisional policing plan for 2020 and raising awareness in the community is key to achieving this," a Garda spokesperson said.

Macroom Gardaí also attended six schools spoke to over 400 students and gave a range of different presentation in relation to internet safety, online bullying and drugs. 

One of the talk was given as Gaeilge, to 26 pupils in Ballyvourney on the topic of road safety.

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