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Dart staff tackle man smashing 16 windows

Irish Rail staff were forced to tackle a man as he smashed 16 windows on a Dart service with two emergency hammers.

The 32-year-old was arrested by gardai on suspicion of criminal damage, which happened on a stationary Dart in Bray station at 4.30pm yesterday afternoon.

No other passengers were onboard the carriage, which was extensively damaged.

As a result, capacity was reduced on some morning rush-hour services today between Howth/Greystones and Malahide/Bray due to the vandalism.


Irish Rail said a man took the emergency hammers from a carriage and proceeded to break 16 windows form the inside.

"The driver and station staff became aware of the situation and only their quick thinking prevented more damage being caused," a spokeswoman said. "They were first at the scene and tried to stop him from breaking more windows.

"They managed to detain him until gardai arrived," she added.

A garda spokesman said the suspect was later released without charge.

A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.