Wednesday 28 September 2016

Five teens armed with bats and golf clubs recaptured after escaping from child detention centre

Cathal McMahon

Published 13/08/2016 | 22:35

The youths - aged between 12 and 17 - scaled a fence at the facility before fleeing into nearby fields shortly after 6pm
The youths - aged between 12 and 17 - scaled a fence at the facility before fleeing into nearby fields shortly after 6pm

A garda manhunt was launched on Saturday evening after five teenagers escaped from the Oberstown centre in North Dublin.

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The youths - aged between 14 and 18 - scaled a fence at the facility before fleeing into nearby fields shortly after 6pm

Gardaí from Balbriggan, the garda air support unit and dog unit were dispatched to the area to help in the search for the absconders.

Oberstown Director Pat Bergin confirmed that neighbours were informed in the area.

A short time later three were apprehended. Another was discovered at around 9pm and the fifth was apprehended shortly before 11pm.

It was reported that the teenagers were armed with bats and golf clubs. 

Mr Bergin told Independent.ie: "I will now be launching an investigation into the matter and this will be sent to the Minister for Justice."

The centre in Lusk has come in for strong criticism recently.

On July 19 gardaí Gardai were called to the facility but were turned away by management during a four-hour incident where youths threatened other residents.

In June a youth escaped the facility and climbed on a roof before being later recaptured.

In July 2015, security at the facility was put under scrutiny when four young offenders escaped from the campus.

One of the teens was subsequently involved in a vicious attack on the Luas tramline in Dublin, and another taunted gardai with a series of social media posts while on the run. All of the youths were eventually returned to the campus at different periods.

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