A number of arrests have been made and searches carried out during a garda operation in Waterford aimed at disrupting crime as well as boosting public visibility.

Members of the force from all divisions in the Waterford district were involved in the crackdown as part of Operation Storm, aimed at preventing crime and dealing with outstanding warrants and summonses.

17 people were arrested for offences ranging from burglary and theft to drug possession.

Seven people were searched under the Misuse of Drugs Act. Two detections were made for possession for the purposes of sale or supply and two for drug possession.

Gardaí also executed 10 bench warrants which had been issued by the courts, and three arrest warrants relating to the breaches of bail conditions.

Three vehicles were seized for having no insurance or tax, with 11 checkpoints mounted at different locations.

As well as the criminal investigation elements of the operation, three stands were placed in different parts of the city to outline crime prevention measures to the public.

A local garda spokesman said: "Operation Storm is a high-visibility, targeted tactical deployment of all operational resources in the Waterford District, designed to prevent crime, disrupt criminal activity, apprehend criminals wanted on warrant, enhance road safety and bolster good public relations through education and awareness over the course of one day".