Gardai have issued a warning to parents after seizing weapons from young people in North County Dublin in the past week.
A hammer, a hunting knife and a scalpel were among the potentially deadly tools confiscated along with smaller blades and kitchen knives.
The haul highlights the reality of knife crime and arranged fights between teen gangs as Gardai seek to alert youths and their parents to the lethal dangers they pose.
An Garda Siochana warned: “Knives are lethal weapons. These weapons were seized from young people over the last week in North County Dublin.”
“Parents keep your children safe, make sure know what they are up to. Please report any sightings of dangerous weapons to Gardai.”
Gang attacks across the north county have escalated in recent months with a teen hospitalised two weeks ago following an attack by up to 15 youths.
In April, a group of young thugs armed with a hammer threatened a group of younger boys in Swords and stole their mobile phones, cash and takeaway food.
Gardai are now concerned that the problem is set to worsen over the summer months during the school holidays.
A garda source said: “These weapons could casue fatal injuries. If you bring a knife or a hammer to a fight you are talking about serious damage.”
Last month a schoolboy was surrounded by a gang of teens in Rush before being pushed to the ground in a terrifying attack which was recorded on Snapchat.
The problem is rife across the capital, with two teens stabbed in separate attacks in south Dublin on May 10 – one of them fatally.
Azzam Raguragui (18) died after being knifed in Finsbury Park in Dundrum shortly after 8pm as he was on his way home from prayer.
A second teen sustained stab wounds after he was assaulted by a gang of teens in a separate incident at around 8.20pm on Nutgrove Avenue, also in Dundrum.
Just last week a 13-year-old boy was treated in hospital after being stabbed in the arm at a shop on the Ballygall road in Finglas.