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Some of the gardai featured in new documentary series The Guards: Inside the K

Some of the gardai featured in new documentary series The Guards: Inside the K

Some of the gardai featured in new documentary series The Guards: Inside the K

If you want sugar coating, go to your local shop and buy yourself a bag of sweets, because there wasn’t a lot of it in evidence in the first episode of five-part documentary series The Guards: Inside the K.

The ‘K’ refers to K District, which takes in the sprawling Dublin suburbs of Blanchardstown, Finglas and Cabra, combined population 175,000. In the last 10 years, violence, virtually all of it related to feuding criminal gangs, but sometimes harming or killing innocent people caught in the crossfire, has escalated.

In the opening moments, uniformed gardaí and detectives, who we’d get to know by name as well as face as the programme went on, described what it’s like to work in the K. They were mercilessly honest about the harsh reality.


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