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Four men in court following Operation Thor arrests in Wexford

The operation specifically dedicated towards cracking down on rural crime has been busy of late.

28/8/2015 Garda Checkpoints Mark Stedman / Mark Stedman / /

FOUR MEN WERE due to appear in court in Wexford this morning following their arrest as part of Operation Thor.

Thor is the gardaí’s dedicated operation earmarked towards combating rural crime, something which has been something of a political hot potato in recent months.

€5 million has been provided for the operation to fund a specific crackdown on the kind of burglaries that have plagued rural counties in recent times, with Dublin-based gangs using the country’s motorway network to carry out robberies hundreds of miles away.

Five males were arrested by a Garda divisional task force at 3pm on the afternoon of 7 January following an incident at Bunclody, Co Wexford.

A van carrying the four men and one juvenile failed to stop for gardaí when signalled to do so at Drumberry.

The van was subsequently abandoned a short distance away with the occupants fleeing on foot. They were arrested within short order.

A number of items such as gloves and a hammer were found concealed in the vehicle.

The five, ranging in age from early 20s to early 30s, including the juvenile, were detained at Enniscorthy Garda station, with the four men due to appear before a special sitting of Gorey District Court this morning.

The juvenile meanwhile has been released without charge while a file has been forwarded to the Juvenile Liaison Office.

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