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Teens charged over 'train line robbery spree'

FOUR teenagers have appeared in court charged in connection with an alleged spate of robberies along the train line in west Dublin.

Dean Ayres (19) and three juveniles, aged 14, 16 and 17 years old, have been ordered to stay out of all Luas trams, Irish Rail trains and various train stations in Dublin.

A garda alleged the victims were left severely shaken by the robberies and one of the injured parties, an 18-year-old, was kicked and stamped on while on the ground, for five minutes.

Judge David McHugh remanded the teens on bail to appear before Blanchardstown District Court again on dates in January and February for DPP's directions on the charges.

They have been ordered not to associate with each other and to stay away from the alleged victims for the duration of the case.

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Ayres, of Belclare Park, Ballymun, appeared before the court charged with robbing a mobile phone from a man at Coolmine Train Station on January 9.

A 14-year-old is facing four counts of robbery while a 16-year-old and 17-year-old each face five counts of robbery. It is alleged that a Superdry jacket worth €120, a Sony mobile phone valued at €400 as well as Apple iPods, worth €300, €90 in cash and Apple iPhone valued at €500 were taken during the course of the robberies.

In relation to Ayres and the 14-year-old and 17-year-old youths, gardai said they had no objection to bail, subject to conditions.

Garda Gary Brennan objected to bail for the 16-year-old youth, citing the seriousness of the charges and the strength of the evidence.

He said it will be alleged the 16-year-old was the "ringleader of a gang of youths" who committed a series of robberies along the DART line, starting in Drumcondra and moving towards Castleknock Gate.

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