Gardai raid Limerick halting site

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

CRIMINAL proceedings are likely to follow a dawn raid on an illegal waste operation at a halting site on the outskirts of the city this week.

CRIMINAL proceedings are likely to follow a dawn raid on an illegal waste operation at a halting site on the outskirts of the city this week.

Scrap metal worth tens of thousands of euro was seized from an unauthorised waste facility at the halting site at Moniclinoe on the Ballysimon Road on Wednesday morning.

Gardai, customs, the revenue commissioners, inspectors and officials from Limerick’s City and County Councils were all involved in the pre-planned blitz which targeted the illegal storage, treatment and transportation of waste. A number of unlicensed horses and dogs were also removed from the site and impounded during the operation, which swung into action at around 6.30 yesterday morning.

A number of vehicles were also taken away during the extensive process.

The five-acre site contained scrap, trucks, cars and engine parts.

One man was arrested during the raid for the non-payment of fines which were previously imposed by the courts.

Members of the Department of Social Affairs also took part in the morning raid - which had been in planning for a number of weeks.

Throughout the operation, dozens of truckloads of car parts, and other scrap metals were removed from the site, which has been operational for over ten years. More than 20 gardai from Roxboro Road assisted in the operation.

Around 30 people live on the five-acre halting site, which is located on the Limerick city/county boundary.

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