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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Rescue of teens holds up trains

Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

TRAIN services were disrupted yesterday when three teenagers got stuck as they climbed near a popular south Dublin beach.

The boys, two aged 16 and one 17, had been climbing at White Rock, in Killiney, when they got into difficulty.

A coastguard boat from Dun Laoghaire and the search-and- rescue helicopter from Dublin Airport were dispatched when a local alerted emergency services at 7.40pm.

DART services were delayed for around 10 minutes at Killiney station as the boys were airlifted to safety.

Meanwhile, security on trains is being stepped up following reports of anti-social and violent behaviour by young people during the fine weather.

Residents of seaside areas in north Dublin reported hordes of young teenagers openly drinking alcohol in recent days.

One caller to RTE's 'Liveline' told how he was leaving the carpark at Howth Junction Dart station when his car was surrounded by a group of 40 drunken teenagers who jumped onto his roof and smashed windows on Tuesday evening.

A short time later, on Dundaniel Road in Kilbarrack, a Dublin Bus was "torn asunder" by a group of up to 80 youths.

An inspector with Dublin Bus told 'Liveline' that a "huge amount of damage" had been caused.

A spokeswoman for Dublin Bus said CCTV footage has now been passed on to gardai.

An Irish Rail spokeswoman said extra security will be in place over the coming days.

Irish Independent

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