GARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED seven men in relation to an aggravated burglary in Tipperary in the early hours of this morning.
Shortly after 3am, a gang of up to seven men broke into a family home in Killenaule, Thurles. Two adults and three children were present at the time time.
Two of the suspects, who had tried to escape in the family’s 4X4 vehicle, were intercepted at Newlands Cross following a road collision at about 9am today.
A further five men were detained earlier in the morning after being stopped by gardaí near Naas, county Kildare. They were also travelling in a vehicle stolen from the property.
The men, all aged in their 20s, are being questioned under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act in various Kildare and Dublin stations.
Traffic still impacted
Motorists have been told to expect delays in both directions on the N7 at Newlands Cross as a result of the morning incident. The collision blocked two lanes of the N7, as well as the right turn onto the Belgard Road.
The two outbound lanes have now reopened but the inbound lanes remain closed. Inbound traffic is now back to Citywest.
Emergency services attended the scene.
Anyone with any information about the incidents are asked to contact the local station in Thurles on 0504-25100 or the Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.
First published at 9.30am