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34 people arrested after 72 checkpoints carried out in Waterford

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

THIRTY-FOUR PEOPLE have been arrested after 72 checkpoints were carried out in Waterford during a three-day garda operation.

The checkpoints were aimed at intercepting and disrupting criminal groups in the city.

Gardaí say the arrests were in connection with ongoing investigations into recent burglary, theft, criminal damage, assault and violent disorder incidents and in relation to bench and penal warrants. They were part of Operation Thor – ‘Project Storm’.

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

Gardaí added that increased high visibility foot patrols were carried out across 18 neighbourhoods in the city.

Approximately 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.

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 was distributed to the public.

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