Friday 9 December 2016

Investigation launched after Oberstown 'locked-down' over stand-off with armed inmates

Catherine Devine and Ryan Nugent

Published 01/11/2016 | 00:21

Gardai negotiate with two young men on the rooftop of Oberstown boys centre in North county Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron
Gardai negotiate with two young men on the rooftop of Oberstown boys centre in North county Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron

Two youths were involved in a stand off with more than a dozen riot police at Oberstown detention centre on Monday night.

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The two teenage males were standing on top of a roof near the front entrance of the centre.

Three garda public order units, two garda cars and a Dublin Fire Brigade were called to the scene.

Members of the gardai were understood to be negotiating with the pair to come down from the roof, with a ladder placed at the wall leading down.

It's believed the two young men took a swipe card from an employee at Oberstown and gained access to weapons such as screwdrivers, blades and drills.

Part of the campus is on lock-down following the incident.

Oberstown Children's Detention Centre
Oberstown Children's Detention Centre

Gardai confirmed they are investigating am ongoing incident in Oberstown but would not provide any further detail until the issue has been resolved.

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