Gang ‘known to gardai’ carrying out ‘vicious muggings’ in Malahide and Portmarnock

A gang known to gardai has been carrying out a spate of muggings on teenagers in Malahide and Portmarnock in the past few weeks.

Multiple incidents of teenagers having their phones and wallets stolen have been reported to gardai.

Local TD Darragh O’Brien has condemned the attacks which he says have been “pretty vicious”.

Fianna Fail TD for Dublin Fingal Darragh O’Brien (Image: Collins Photo Agency)

The Fianna Fail TD told Dublin Live: “I have been made aware of four incidents and they are all quite serious.

“Teens are being targeted by these people.

“It is a gang, that is known to gardai, from north Dublin.

“There have been thefts of phones, asking kids for pin numbers and checking into their Facebook accounts so they can say they know who they are and scare them further.

“It’s quite threatening and pretty vicious. I know there have been some muggings where people have been injured.

“There was a few incidents in particular around the weekend before Halloween in both Portmarnock and Malahide.

“It’s just young people minding their own business and this is happening.”

The Fingal TD believes that a 24/7 garda station is needed in the area to combat this level of crime.

Deputy O’Brien added: “Myself and councillor Eoghan O’Brien are meeting with gardai this week to voice our concerns about the problem.

“The big issue is that the Malahide Station closes at 9pm every night.

“Gardai are doing their best but they can only deal with so much during that time.

“We need a station going back to 24/7 in the area, between Malahide and Howth, all that big area, there are no 24/7 stations.

“The public are exposed as a result and it needs to be stamped out.

“I would also ask anyone with information on attacks or the gangs to contact gardai so we can stop these worrying incidents.”

(Article read on dublinlive.ie)
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