AS part of Operation Thor, a ‘Day of Action’ was carried out in the West Cork Division today (Thursday 20th).
The six arrests were made in relation to recent incidents of burglary, theft, possession of drugs for sale and supply, suspected drug driving and criminal damage. Four of the men arrested were charged and have appeared before Clonakility District Court.
The fifth man has been charged to appear before the courts at a later date. Four adult cautions and 3 JLO cautions were also issued in relation to recent theft incidents.
The operation was carried out by local Gardaí along with members of the Detective Unit, Drugs Unit, Roads Policing Unit and members of the Armed Support Unit from Anglesea Street. Assistance from Revenue and Customs, Cork County Council-Environmental Protection Unit and the Road Safety Authority was also provided.
As part of the day of action, two multi-agency checkpoints were carried out, on the N71 at Toureen, Ballinhassig, and on the R586 at Ballyhalwick, Dunmanway. During the checkpoints a number of road traffic offences were detected.
At the checkpoint in Ballinhassig, one driver was arrested on suspicion of drug driving, five fixed charge notices were issued (four for not tax and on for no NCT), one detection was made by Customs and Revenue Officers for suspected green diesel and the Road Safety Authority detected two vehicles for having no DOE certs.
At the second checkpoint in Dunmanway, three drivers were issued with fixed-charge notices for driving whilst holding a mobile phone.
During the checkpoints Gardaí also distributed crime prevention leaflets to motorists on yesterday’s EUCPN Burglary Focus Day to help promote better home security. A crime prevention stand was also set up in Skibbereen where Gardaí engaged with the local community with the aim of raising awareness.