Thursday 14 December 2017

'They had hammers and pepper spray' - Kids' terror at 'scary' attack in Nando's

The attack happened in a branch of Nando's in Santry
The attack happened in a branch of Nando's in Santry

Ryan Nugent

TWO people were arrested after a vicious hammer and pepper-spray attack at a popular Dublin restaurant where some families were celebrating First Holy Communions.

The incident happened shortly after 7pm on Sunday

at Nando’s in Santry when a group of people entered the restaurant and attacked

another group who had been eating.

“It was very scary – these guys came in and some of them had hammers and what looked like pepper spray,” one diner said.


“There were families there and lots of children so it was chaos for a few minutes as everyone not involved tried to rush back out.

“One guy was bleeding heavily, and some others had been sprayed but the rest of the people eating there managed to rush out the back,” the onlooker added.

A motive for the horrifying attack was unclear last night.

The restaurant is very popular in the local area and was  quite busy at the time.

Gardai have confirmed that two people have been arrested for public order offences and they are being held at Ballymun Garda Station.

In a separate incident, a man was arrested after an armed robbery of a supermarket in Westmeath on Saturday.

At 9.30pm that night, two men armed with a hammer and a bar went in to a Supermarket at Ardleigh, Mullingar.

They threatened staff and stole a quantity of cash. No one was injured in the incident.

A short time later a silver Renault Megane crashed in to a wall at Ballinderry, Mullingar and two men were seen running from this car.

Gardai responding to the incident arrested one man close to the scene of the crash and a quantity of cash was recovered.

The man, who is aged in his 40s, was being detained

under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at Mullingar Garda Station and a search was continuing yesterday for a second man.


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