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Teen held in custody on theft charges

A TEENAGER charged in connection with a series of attempted robberies and thefts in north Dublin over a two-day period has been refused bail.

Kenneth Forde (18) was remanded in custody to appear before today's Dublin District Court sitting after Judge John Coughlan refused bail on the basis of garda objections.

Forde, of Coultry Close, Ballymun, appeared in court charged with robbery, attempted robbery and theft at locations including a newsagent and supermarket.

Gardai said they feared he would commit further offences if granted bail.

The accused is charged in connection with four separate incidents over a two-day period.



Knife

These include the attempted robbery of Shanard News in Santry, an attempted robbery of a woman and production of a knife at Shanliss, Santry on August 22. He is also charged with robbery at Supervalu, Ballymun on August 23.

Gardai said they were objecting to bail due to the seriousness of the alleged offences and the strength of evidence.

Forde's solicitor said the accused had not given any trouble to gardai when arrested and was willing to abide by any bail conditions.

The judge remanded him in custody to appear in court again today.

aphelan@herald.ie