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52 arrested, fireworks and drugs seized, in giant public crime crackdown in Kilkenny and Carlow

It is the ninth such concentrated day of action nationwide.

file File photo of a previous Thor customs checkpoint in the Kilkenny area Source: Gardaí/Facebook

GARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED 52 people today in the Thomastown area of Co Kilkenny and near Tullow in Co Carlow.

The crackdown, which is part of Operation Thor, has seen a “high visibility tactical deployment” of gardaí in the area.

Over 140 gardaí have been deployed, including both members of national units and student gardaí from Templemore.

22 premises have been searched in the operation. Fireworks, pepper spray and small amounts of illegal drugs (such as cannabis) have been seized in those searches.

It is the 9th such day of such action. Operation Thor is aimed specifically at preventing crime, disrupting criminal activity, and apprehending people with outstanding warrants.

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“The objective of today’s operation is to disrupt criminals living in and travelling through Kilkenny and Carlow and deter criminal activity and promote community engagement,” Chief Superintendent Dominic Hayes said.

Two weeks ago, gardaí arrested a further 64 people in the same area, also as part of Operation Thor.

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