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Friday 23 February 2018

Security guard struck by concrete block fights for life

Mark Hilliard

A SECURITY guard was fighting for his life last night after a concrete block was thrown through the window of his car inflicting serious head injuries.

The incident occurred at about 5.30am on Sunday outside Belcamp College, a disused school in north Dublin that has been the site of a series of vandalism incidents and robberies in recent months.

It is understood that a group of at least three men were involved in the assault. The 43-year-old security guard was on his own at the college entrance off the N32 in Coolock when he was targeted.

It is not the first time security at the site has been attacked. No arrests have been made and gardai have launched an appeal for witnesses.

Sources indicated that the man, a foreign national, was unconscious but breathing when emergency services reached the scene. He was rushed to Beaumont Hospital by a Dublin Fire Brigade ambulance.

The victim was sitting inside his car when the men picked up half a concrete breeze block and smashed it through the window, striking him in the head.

According to a local source, security guards are regularly seen around the defunct campus, sitting alone in their cars. Belcamp College has been transferred from developer Gerry Gannon, who purchased it from the Oblate Fathers in 2004 for €105m, to NAMA.

Historic The historic building – designed by James Hoban, who was behind the White House in America – sits on 208 acres and came to national prominence last April when it was gutted in an arson attack.

Sources in Dublin Fire Brigade said they regularly attend calls to the building. Mr Gannon offered a reward of €5,000 to anyone who could provide information on the arson attack.

Mr Gannon said there are a number of security guards on duty at any one time but that they would be spread out. “He (the security guard) is doing okay, he was in intensive care.

This is nothing new. I have had my tyres slashed and been threatened. We are trying to protect the building as best we can,” he said Gardai can be contacted on (01) 666 4200.

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