ELEVEN people have been charged after being arrested in west Cork as part of an operation targeting criminals.
The 11 have been charged with 27 charges relating to crimes including robbery, sale and supply of drugs, theft and fraud offences, harassment, criminal damage, handling stolen property and possession of offensive weapons.
The arrests were made yesterday as part of a day of action under Operation Thor.
Local gardaí were backed up by the detective, drugs and roads policing units from Anglesea Street garda station. The armed regional support unit was also involved, along with officers from Revenue and Customs, and a garda seconded to the Department of Social Protection.
There were two multi-agency checkpoints set up as part of the operation, during which there was one arrest for drug driving, and two detections for no insurance and two for no road tax. There was also a detection for dyed diesel by Customs officers.
Superintendent Brendan Fogarty said, "The purpose of these Days of Action are to prevent crime, disrupt criminal activity and to enhance Community engagement. Our Community Gardaí were out at the checkpoints and in our local shopping centres yesterday offering advice and highlighting seasonal home security issues including bogus callers to your door or over the phone. We are always available to talk to our local community about personal safety and would encourage everyone to go visit www.garda.ie for further information and advice."