GARDAI have arrested nine men in Cork City on public order offences while increasing patrols on public spaces for large group gatherings.
One of the young men ran from cops, resulting in a brief chase through the city centre, before being arrested.
Of the nine arrests made, four of the men have been released pending the completion of a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
One has been charged with public order offences, one will be offered an Adult Caution and two juveniles will be processed through the Juvenile Diversion Programme.
A spokesperson for An Garda Siochana said: “During the course of the evening, in Cork City Centre, Gardai observed and intervened with a group of young males suspected of being involved in the sale and supply of illegal drugs.
“One male ran from Gardai who after a brief chase intercepted and arrested this male. This engagement has been captured and circulated widely on social media.
“A quantity of suspected cocaine was recovered. One Garda received minor facial injuries during the incident.
“During this incident, and as a result of a small number of other, mainly related, minor public order incidents 9 males were arrested by Gardai.”
http://thesun.ie/topic/covid-19The arrests were made as Gardai patrolled the city centre to enforce Covid-19 public health regulations.
LEVEL 5 COMPLIANCE
Videos on social media captured the busy streets as well as the Gardai chase of one of the men arrested.
The spokesperson said: “On Saturday evening between approximately 5pm and 9pm large numbers of people socialised in Cork City Centre.
“The high visibility of members on the street greatly assisted in engaging with the public who were overwhelmingly compliant with Public Health guidelines, Gardai identified that most persons present were part of family groups and bubbles that were in the city to see the Christmas lights, window shopping and enjoying take away festive drinks and food.
“Cork City centre was quiet after 9pm. Gardai nationwide observed significant compliance by members of the public with public health regulations and guidelines.”
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Gardai say they have increased their patrols and engagement particularly in relation to gathering in large groups in open spaces in support of Level 5 restrictions.
The restrictions are set to end on December 1, with the Government expected to make a decision on further restrictions for the rest of December next Thursday.
Meanwhile on patrols in Galway, Gardai said: “Gardai on bike patrol are engaging with the public advising them to break the covid cycle by keeping socially distant, staying at home and continue hand washing. Gardai continue to support these measures and are here to help.”