Nine arrested after looters ransack Lidl and tear down building with digger

Sean Reid
March 4, 2018

And today, Colm Mc Caughley, staff cameraman for RTÉ shared this footage on Twitter of the aftermath of last night's raid.

Yesterday evening more than 50 Gardai were called to deal with the looting of a Lidl store on Fortunestown Lane.

The destruction of a Lidl in Fortunestown Lane has prompted outrage from Irish people.

Police in Dublin said on Friday they had made several arrests after an attack on a supermarket hours after the city was hit with its worst snowstorm in decades.

Police have today said that eight men - aged between 24 and 27 - have been charged in connection with the incident, with a ninth man, in his 30s, arrested for handling stolen property.

Stolen substantial digging equipment was used to bulldoze into the side of a Lidl store in Tallaght in Dublin, and the store was then looted, including the store's safe which the criminals attempted to break open using that same digging equipment.

One man in 30s has been arrested in connection with the handling of stolen property, and is now being held under the provisions of section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

Gardaí later confirmed that six people were arrested at this scene, with a further three arrested at another looting scene at a Centra Store in Jobstown, at which someone who cut open the shutters with a con saw.

The spokesperson said: "We are aware of a number of incidents in the Tallaght Garda district".

"All those arrested are now detained at Dublin Garda Stations".

He added: "I am particularly mindful that these actions have taken place in the midst of a code red weather warning when our emergency services are at full stretch".

"The type of outrageous behaviour we witnessed tonight has no place in our community". It said it was not in a position to comment further.

"The community is absolutely fuming", Cllr King told The Irish Times, "There had been a great banter around here with the snow, and then this tiny minority bring the entire community down".

Lidl released a statement confirming that there had been a serious incident but that no one had been harmed.

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