Friday 25 May 2018

Gardaí investigating as 'looters raid Lidl supermarket' in west Dublin during Storm Emma

  • Alleged looting at a Lidl store in west Dublin this afternoon
  • Gardaí investigating reports of looters 'filling baskets with drink'
  • Independent.ie investigating further incidents at the supermarket
  • Lidl release statement in relation to the incident
Images on social media show alleged looting in Lidl supermarket
Images on social media show alleged looting in Lidl supermarket

Ian Begley and Conor Feehan

Gardai are investigating an incident of alleged looting at a Lidl store in west Dublin this afternoon. 

Video footage uploaded to social media, depicts people running from the supermarket on Fortunestown Road, Citywest carrying what appears to be stolen goods. 

A number of small children can also be seen within the grounds of the supermarket. 

The individual who recorded the video Tweeted: "Lidl in Citywest under attack from looters. Guards can't get to them. Filling baskets with drink & pulling them up the road."

Gardai confirmed that it has received reports of "an incident" at the Citywest premises. It says an investigation is underway. 

Independent.ie are currently investigating if there have been further incidents at the supermarket.

Tallaght councillor Brendan Ferron told Independent.ie that he's shocked that so many people took part in the alleged robbery. 

"It's extremely disappointing to see stuff like this going on," he said. 

"The village is completely snowed in so I'm sure it was an absolute nightmare for the guards to get up there and deal with this situation. 

"My real issue with all of this is that when something like this kicks off it often leads to even more people taking part. 

"Hopefully, the gardai will use the video footage as evidence to help them in their investigation," he said. 

Councillor Cathal King said that those involved give a bad name to the Tallaght community. 

"Everyone I know that has seen this video is extremely disappointed. It's a small minority of the community that's making us all look bad. 

"What really annoys me is that children were dragged into this, which just sets a terrible example," he said.

Lidl released a statement; "We are aware of the very serious incident at our Fortunestown Lane store this evening.

"Given that the incident is now the subject of a criminal investigation we are not in a position to comment further at this time."

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