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Nine held after gang attack Dublin Lidl with digger during Storm Emma

03 March 2018

Nine arrests have been made following an incident on Friday evening in which a digger was used to break into the Fortunestown Lane branch of Lidl in Tallaght.

They are now being held at Dublin Garda Stations.

Gardaí were responding to reports of looting at the Fortunestown Lane Lidl store at around 5pm.

The supermarket meanwhile has confirmed no members of staff were injured during the incident.

"At a time when our emergency services and public services are stretched to the limit that people would exploit a situation like that to do this".

Dublin Fire Brigade also dispatched three engines to reports of a fire in the area but no fire was found. "We would ask anyone with any information to contact Tallaght Garda Station".

He said while a lot of local businesses and shops closed, a small number remained open to accommodate people in need of essential items today.

It said it was not in a position to comment further.

Arrests have been made after a gang of youths allegedly raided a Lidl supermarket before smashing it up with a digger.

A source told the Irish Mirror: 'A large, violent gang of well known criminals targeted the Lidl earlier in the day and then stole the JCB excavator that was being used to clear ice.

"During bad weather events like this, it is absolutely horrific to think that people in genuine need will be denied speedy access to emergency services because they have to clear up the mindless mess created by people who have no concern for our community".

"Jobstown and Fortunestown are some of the strongest communities I have had the privilege to work with", she said.

Nine held after gang attack Dublin Lidl with digger during Storm Emma