Teenagers arrested after youth and garda attacked
Three teenagers have been arrested after a youth was hospitalised and a garda injured in an attack that was filmed and later posted on social media.
The incident unfolded after a large group of youths from Swords, north Co Dublin, aged around 14 to 16, boarded a bus to Ashbourne, Co Meath, last Friday evening.
Gardaí in Ashbourne saw the Dublin group get off the bus in the centre of the town and go into a multi-storey car park.
The teenagers then approached a smaller group of local youths, in what seemed to be an organised attack.
The local youths quickly fled the car park, but the other group managed to capture one boy before gardaí were able to intervene.
The boy was beaten by the Dublin teenagers and taken to hospital for treatment. However his injuries are not believed to be serious.
A garda was also injured during the melee.
The assault was filmed and later shared on social media.
Three arrests have since been made under the Public Order Act.
A Garda spokesman said: "On the evening of Friday, March 8, 2019, gardaí in Ashbourne observed a large group of teenagers get off a bus in the centre of the town.
"The group were observed entering a multi-storey car park, where they approached a small group of local youths who immediately dispersed.
"One local youth was assaulted before gardaí could intervene. This youth and a garda sustained minor injuries. Gardaí made three arrests under the Public Order Act.
"Officers identified a number of other individuals who were also involved in the incident and are in the process of interviewing them.
"The majority of the people involved appear to have travelled from Swords by public transport," he said.
As part of their investigation, gardaí in Ashbourne and Swords are also liaising with local schools.
It is understood the boy who was set upon also had his mobile phone and wallet stolen during the attack.