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Monday 11 December 2017

Man rescued in mountain gang kidnap

GARDAI rescued a man who was allegedly kidnapped and brought to the Dublin Mountains by a foreign crime gang. Officers have been forced to launch massive investigations after two very serious incidents involving gangs in Dublin.



Detectives from Blanchardstown Garda Station were involved in saving a Polish national who was allegedly kidnapped by three men and brought up the Dublin Mountains where he was threatened with knives.

The drama started when the Polish man was walking on the Main Street in Blanchardstown at around 6pm on Monday when he got into a car.

The vehicle was occupied by three middle-eastern men aged in their 20s who allegedly drove the victim from Blanchardstown to the Dublin Mountains near Tallaght.

It is claimed that the victim's ordeal lasted for around seven hours in the mountains where he was threatened with knives and a four-figure cash sum was demanded from him.



Manhunt

However sources say that the Polish man was not psychically assaulted during the ordeal which sparked a major garda manhunt when officers became aware of the situation.

The shocking incident came to an end when detectives received information that the victim and the three middle-eastern men were in the car park of a McDonald's restaurant in Tallaght.

Armed gardai swooped on the car park and freed the man before making three arrests of suspects who were in two separate cars in the locality.

"The victim was traumatised but physically unharmed in the incident," said a source.

In a completely separate incident in Swords, north county Dublin, it is alleged that a number of Polish men broke into a house at Holywell Crescent carrying a meat cleaver and a taser gun.

The 27-year-old male occupant of the house put up a fight but was subdued with the taser rod as his terrified girlfriend looked on.

A number of items were allegedly stolen from the house and gardai believe that a "personal grudge" may be behind the shocking incident.

kfoy@herald.ie

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