There’s been a clarion call for a full-time locally based Garda unit in Dublin’s north inner city.
Former Lord Mayor and Independent councillor Christy Burke made the request at a Central Area Committee meeting as gardaí launch an urgent witness appeal after two teenage boys were stabbed during a group brawl in the East Wall on Monday night.
Councillor Burke is very alarmed “local residents feel very unsafe as fear has once again struck the area particularly the East Wall”.
The 16-year-old’s sustained serious stab wounds and were rushed from the scene of the brawl on Church Road to the Mater Hospital. Their injuries are said not to be life threatening.
“Garda chiefs need to put in a static Garda unit and financial resources need to be ploughed into this” the former lord mayor added.
It’s reported widely that group of 15 to 20 youths, many wearing masks, were spotted scarpering the scene on bikes and heading up the Royal Canal after officers were called just after 8.30pm.
The scene was cordoned off by gardaí to allow for forensic examinations to be carried out. In a statement gardaí said that “no arrests have yet been made at this time”. They are pleading with the public to come forward if they have any information or camera footage of the incident.
“Gardaí investigating a stabbing incident that occurred in the Dublin 3 area on the evening of Monday, September 3, 2021, are appealing to the public for information.
“At approximately 8:30pm, two males aged 16 years were assaulted during an incident involving a group of youths at Church Road, East Wall. Both youths sustained laceration wounds and were taken to the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
“The scene was examined by local crime officers. No arrests have been made at this time. Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident to come forward.
“Gardaí are also appealing to any road users who were in the Church Road/East Wall area between 8:15pm and 8:30pm and who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) to make it available to them.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Store Street Garda Station on 01 666 8000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.