Monday 18 June 2018

Staff stabbed by armed raiders as families look on

The armed attackers enter Adventure World in Tallaght
The armed attackers enter Adventure World in Tallaght
Dermot Richardson, owner of Adventure World
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

Armed raiders who stormed an adventure centre packed with children badly slashed one man's hand as they tried to rob the business.

Shocked families watched in terror as two masked men burst into Tallaght Adventure World in the Whitestown Business Park just before 6pm on Sunday.

Manager Robbie Doyle bravely fought off the raiders, but was left with a gaping wound in his hand.

One of the raiders was armed with a long-bladed knife, while the second man had a metal pole.

A third man waited outside in a blue Ford Fiesta. The injured man's uncle is Dermot Richardson, who is owner of the popular play centre and a local Independent councillor.

"I was having a coffee with a customer when I heard my son shouting, 'Dad, dad, quick, quick!' and when I turned around I could see the two raiders running in," he said.

"They were wearing balaclavas and the guy with the knife jumped the counter and ran to the office, where my nephew Robbie Doyle, who is the manager, was counting the day's takings.

"I ran down towards the kitchens and I was throwing cups and things at them to try and keep them back, but the knifeman got into the office and the other one was standing at the door, swinging the pole around.

"The guy in the office was shouting and threatening Robbie and then went to stab him in the head, but Robbie managed to protect himself and grabbed the knife.

"The raider then pulled it from his hand, leaving Robbie with a gaping wound."

The raiders fled empty-handed and escaped in the Ford Fiesta, which was later found burned out in the nearby Killinarden estate.

"There were families and children here at the time.

"It was very frightening," said Mr Richardson.

"It is a minority of people who do this kind of thing and there are plenty of good people in Tallaght, but this will give the area a bad name again. It's such a shame.

"They were in the building for less than a minute, but it was terrifying," he said.

Irish Independent

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