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Gardaí set up checkpoints in north Dublin - and had a surprisingly busy night

The checks were part of Operation Thor – which targets the country’s most prolific burglars.

Last night's checkpoint on the M1.
Last night's checkpoint on the M1.

OFFICERS MANNING CHECKPOINTS in north Co Dublin as part of a Garda crackdown on criminals using the country’s motorway network had what was perhaps a busier night than they were expecting.

Ten people were arrested between 2am and midday yesterday – as gardaí mounted the checks as part of Operation Thor.

14 cars were seized for breaches of the Road Traffic Act, according to the Garda Press Office this evening.

Seven people were arrested for drink driving, and one man was detained for a European Arrest Warrant.

Another man was arrested under the Finance Act concerning the sale of cigarettes, of which 11,000 were seized.

Standard fixed charge notices were also issued to drivers for various traffic offences.

The checkpoints were mounted on the M1 near Junction 6 and in the Balbriggan area and were manned by the Divisional Crime Task Force, detective units from the area and a number of traffic units.

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Seven people were arrested in a similar operation at the start of the month.

Launched at the start of November, Operation Thor is a new nationwide crackdown from the gardaí, targeting Ireland’s most prolific burglars.

The government has said it will see an increase in recruitment, additions to the garda fleet, as well as investment in communications technology for gardaí and public awareness campaigns.

Uniformed patrols are also being increased in burglary hotspots, which gardaí have identified through the PULSE system.

Read: Gardaí are cracking down on Ireland’s most prolific burglars

Read: Three men arrested over robberies in three different counties

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