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Thursday 22 February 2018

Girl (13) 'robbed at knifepoint' on Luas

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Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A 13-year-old girl was left shaken after she was allegedly robbed on the Luas Green Line.

Gardai said the teenager was on the Luas at Brides Glen near Cherrywood when the attack occurred on April 12 at approximately 7:30pm.

Local councillor for the Ballybrack and Shankhill area, Vinny Duran-Kearns, told Independent.ie that the girl was on a packed tram when the incident occurred.

It's alleged the teenager became separated from her friends when a male and female approached her and began verbally abusing her.

When the frightened teen took out her mobile to call her mum, her mobile phone was snatched.

Cllr Vinny Duran-Kearns said it's believed a knife was pulled on the 13-year-old before she handed over the phone, but gardai said there is no record of a knife being used.

"It's a disgrace what happened to that young girl on the Luas, everybody should be able to feel safe on their way home," Mr Duran-Kearns told Independent.ie.

"Luas stops are unmanned and the one in Cherrywood is particularly isolated. I would call in Transdev to increase their security on both the Luas and stations to prevent further incidents like this occuring."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Shankill Garda Station.

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