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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Four arrested in probe into feral city gang

Gardai have arrested four more members of a 'feral' gang who are terrorising people in the capital's city centre during the course of extremely violent street robberies.

Officers based at Pearse Street Station have now arrested over 20 teenage suspects as part of their crackdown on the thugs which began last month.

The four suspects who were released without charge earlier this week include two juveniles and two adults who were picked up at addresses in Blanchardstown, Tallaght and Dublin's north inner city during raids which were carried out on Monday.

The three males and one female were questioned about a serious assault on an English tourist in the Temple Bar area of Dublin in July in which he was attacked by six people.

Like many other victims of the gang, he was assaulted as he walked on his own at night and had his wallet and phone robbed as well as receiving a number of punches and kicks to his head and body.

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Sources say gardai have arrested and questioned "virtually all the teenagers" who have been involved in the terrifying street violence campaign in Dublin city centre during the summer.

However, a number of other suspects are due to be picked up while files are being prepared for the DPP in relation to some of the other suspects.

The Herald previously revealed that one of the 'feral' gang members who were involved in a number of brutal assault and theft incidents in the capital's city centre is facing a double rape charge.

The gang has been using the Central Bank area of Dublin's south city as a base for meeting up before carrying out a series of vicious crimes.

The arrested teenagers are suspected of being part of a gang linked to 15 separate incidents of serious assaults and thefts in Dame Street, Christchurch and Temple Bar.

In a racist attack on an innocent Brazilian man in Dame Street on July 23, two teenage girls were involved in stamping on and kicking an unconscious man in the head up to 20 times.

The gang are also suspected of being involved in a number of homophobic attacks as well as distraction thefts of smart phones, wallets and other goods.

kfoy@herald.ie

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