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Over 30 people arrested and charged after six day garda operation

Specialist officers manned checkpoints across the capital as they targeted transient criminals.

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A MAJOR CRACKDOWN on transient criminal gangs resulted in the arrest and charge of 31 people.

Armed officers as well as gardaí from the Dublin North Divisional Task Force and Burglary Response Unit made the arrests after checkpoints were set up across north Dublin.

Officers said they set up the checkpoints simultaneously at entrances and exits from areas of north Dublin which have been repeatedly targeted by criminals.

A spokesman said: “As part of these checkpoints all persons passing through the checkpoint, travelling in cars, taxis, bicycles were spoken to and crime prevention information was imparted.

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“Through this interaction a total of 35 persons were arrested for their involvement in crime. 31 were either charged or lodged in prison as a result of outstanding warrants. Charges preferred to date include burglary, theft, fraud, immigration offences and possession of offensive weapons.”

Gardaí said further charges are expected pending the outcome of tests on substances believed to be illegal drugs.

Throughout the six-day-operation, gardaí aso seized 105 cars.

The spokesman added that operations such as these will intensify coming to the Christmas period.

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