Three arrested following looting in west Dublin

04 March, 2018, 05:05 | Author: Kathy Ellis
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A cash safe was also removed from the store and onlookers filmed the machinery attempting to open the safe on the grounds of the carpark.

Eight men have been charged with various offences including theft, burglary and trespassing arising from last night's incident.

Condemning the looters, Sinn Féin councillor Cathal King said three stores had been attacked: the Lidl in Fortunestown Lane, Citywest, a Centra store in Jobstown and a Topaz filling station in Citywest.

The defendants, aged between 24 and 47 years, appeared in court on Saturday morning.

Shortly after this incident occurred, guards arrived on the scene and nine people were arrested.

JOE reader Liam Gaughan sent in this video of the Lidl store today, and in the broad light of day, the substantial damage to the semi-demolished store is much more visible.

"All those arrested are now detained at Dublin Garda Stations". "An incident room has been established".

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"I fully anticipate that the gardai will pursue the perpetrators to the fullest extent of the law".

"The type of outrageous behaviour we witnessed tonight has no place in our community".

"The community is absolutely fuming", Cllr King told The Irish Times, "There had been a great banter around here with the snow, and then this tiny minority bring the entire community down".

"Finally, I want to extend my honest appreciation to the emergency services, who have been doing an excellent job in extenuating circumstances".

Following reports that roughly 30 people had raided the supermarket on Fortunestown Lane in Tallaght; the police turned up at the scene to find the large digger having torn off one the store's corners.

Lidl Ireland has said that none of its staff were injured in an incident at its store on Fortunestown Lane, Dublin, Ireland, which saw criminals hijack a JCB excavator and proceed to tear the roof off the store.

The spokesperson added that "given that the incident is now the subject of a criminal investigation we are not in a position to comment further at this time".

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