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Sunday 22 October 2017

Gang smashes up Dart station in violent rampage

A gang of teenage thugs went on a rampage across north Dublin last night smashing windows in a Dart station, damaging a car and then destroyed a shop.

These pictures show the trail of destruction that the gang left in their wake at Bayside Dart Station in a frenzy of destruction.

Witnesses said the gang of around six teens went "absolutely berserk" and just smashed the windows and doors for no reason at all.

The gang were then said to have ran onwards to Baldoyle where they vandalised a discount supermarket store.

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"There are 15 or 16 windows in Bayside station, and every one of them was hit," the witness told the Herald.

The damage after the gang of youths went on the rampage in Bayside in March
The damage after the gang of youths went on the rampage in Bayside in March

The shocking incidents happened at around 8pm.

Gardai confirmed they are investigating the acts of vandalism.

"Early reports are that there were a series of incidents that happened in or around 8pm," said a garda spokesman.

"We have reports that the trouble started in Baldoyle and that there was a car that was attacked, as well as a shop," he added. "Then there was a lot of damage done to Bayside Dart Station where windows were smashed."

Gardai at Raheny are investigating the attacks but say nobody has yet been arrested.

A spokesman for Iarnrod Eireann criticised the attack as "mindless" vandalism.

He said CCTV footage in the possession of Irish Rail will be used to help find those responsible for the incident.

"The gardai were alerted and we are working with them," he said. "We have the CCTV which we hope will assist in catching those responsible."

The Irish Rail spokesman confirmed no staff were harmed as they were not present when the attack happened.

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"The station was unmanned at the time. We would appeal for anyone who can assist the gardai in their investigation to do so," he added.

"This is a community amenity and it has suffered a mindless attack in an act of vandalism."

He said Irish Rail's own security teams were also investigating the incident.

A massive clean-up operation was underway last night and the smashed panes of glass will be replaced today.

Irish Rail said the station would operate as normal and that train and passenger services would not be affected today.

cfeehan@herald.ie

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