Four men and boy arrested in connection with “weapons” probe as Gardaí and Defence Force members search area of wasteland

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FOUR men and a boy have been arrested in connection with an alleged violent incident in which a number of individuals armed themselves with an assortment of weapons in Limerick, on January 4.

The five males were arrested by Gardaí in a series of planned operations this morning, January 14.

Members of the Defence Forces are currently assisting gardai, as part of the investigation, in searching an area of wasteland in the Galvone area, on the south of the city.

Gardai believe the alleged violent disorder incident may be connected to reports of shots being fired later that night into a house on Lenihan Avenue, Prospect.

“Shortly before 4:30 pm, an incident of violent disorder took place at Lenihan Avenue, Prospect, Co Limerick involving a number of individuals armed with offensive weapons. A full scale investigation was launched by Gardaí which has culminated in a number of searches being carried out this morning, 14th January in the southside of Limerick city,” a garda spokesman said today Tuesday, January 14.

“This has resulted in the arrest of four men aged between 19 and 45 and one juvenile. They are currently detained at Roxboro Road and Henry Street Garda Stations under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.”

“This operation is being carried out by detectives from Roxboro Road with the assistance of uniform Gardaí, the Divisional Search Team, Roads Policing Unit, and Armed Support Unit.”

“Defence Force Specialist Engineers from Collins Barracks, Cork and the 12th Infantry Battalion, Limerick are assisting in the search of an open area in the Galvone area of Limerick,” the spokesman confirmed.

Sources also revealed that members of the Defence Forces have been deployed to support the Garda operation, and search for weapons thought to have been used in recent violent incidents in the Prospect area.
A source said the specialist engineers with the Defence Forces were deployed to Limerick this morning with “ground scanning radar” equipment.
The technology is “normally employed for ground-penetrating radar where there is a void in the ground which is capable of locating materials under the ground”.