Five people have appeared at Trim District Court following a raid on a house in Co Meath.

The court appearance came after gardaí found more than 20 people in a house near Nobber on Thursday evening. All those living there were believed to be from Romania.

The five people were charged with stealing money and a bank card from a man they shared a house with.

The court heard that they had been taking around €400 from the man every week.

Gardaí said the man's ATM card and pin number were found in the possession of one of the accused.

Vasile Soficu, 57, Amar Grosu, 40, Elena Todica, also 40, Cirina Caldararu, 60, and Ion Caldararu of Stephenstown, Castletown, Navan, Co Meath, have all been charged with theft.

All five were remanded in custody to appear in court next week.

Superintendent Michael Devine told the court that the five were all part of a group who are alleged to have controlled others through violence and threats of violence.

He said there are 23 witnesses and statements have been taken from 11 of the witnesses to date.

Another garda told the court there were a large number of documents seized at the house in Stephenstown and gardaí are still going through them.