Gardai attacked in estate after stolen car chase
Published 21/09/2015 | 10:07
A garda patrol unit was attacked with bricks and bottles after being ambushed by a large mob in a west Dublin housing estate.
The incident happened in the Cherry Orchard area of Ballyfermot on Saturday evening as the officers pursued a stolen vehicle.
Gardai chased the silver Mercedes after seeing it speeding along Cherry Orchard Avenue at around 11.50pm.
As the car continued to speed through the estate, a large group began to gather nearby.
The stolen Mercedes then turned into a cul-de-sac where the group proceeded to block off the road with a number of large pallets.
The mob then ambushed the patrol car, which had become trapped in the estate, launching a number of missiles, including bricks and glass bottles.
A substantial amount of damage was caused to the garda car, including a smashed rear window, although neither of the officers were injured during the incident.
Gardai eventually managed to retreat from the scene and subsequently seized the stolen Mercedes, which had been abandoned nearby.
No arrests have yet been made in relation to the incident and Ballyfermot gardai are investigating.
It is the most recent in a number of serious attacks on gardai in the area, with a source describing how the situation was becoming increasingly dangerous.
"The situation in that particular area is becoming quite desperate. Gardai have been warned to exercise extreme caution when entering certain areas and this is another example of why these warnings are issued," the source said.
"The Halloween season is coming up and the area has a history of gardai being attacked around that time. We've had individual members of the gardai being assaulted as well as patrol cars being rammed, and it simply isn't acceptable."
A group of youths and young men led by an associate of one of Dublin's most notorious crime bosses are believed to be behind the attacks on gardai.
The chronic alcoholic and drug addict has previous convictions for offences such as drug dealing, attempted burglary, unlawful carriage, property damage and seriously assaulting a man with three others.
As well as being suspected of orchestrating a series of violent attacks on gardai, the group is also believed to be behind a spate of car thefts.
Earlier this month two gardai were hospitalised, with one requiring facial surgery, after being assaulted at an estate in a Ballyfermot area.
The officers attempted to detain an off-road motorbike from a group of youths, but came under attack as they tried to carry out the seizure.
One garda had their nose broken, while the other suffered a broken jaw in the incident, which is unrelated to the Cherry Orchard attacks.
Meanwhile, on Friday night, a car led at least ten garda units on a high-speed pursuit through west Dublin after failing to stop when signalled to do so.
Officers attempted to stop the suspicious vehicle at aproximately 11.50pm in the Ballyfermot area, but the driver sped away.
At one stage 10 units from several districts responded to the incident and the car was eventually found abandoned in the Abbeywood Crescent estate of Lucan.