16 youths arrested in the Battle of Ballinteer

by Emma Nolan

Sixteen youths were arrested in Ballinteer following a massive pre-arranged brawl between up to 100 thugs.
They were later released without charge.
Two gangs used social media to arrange the fight at the intersection of Ballinteer Avenue and Brehonfield Road.
Flares, fireworks and smoke bombs were used as projectiles during the incident which saw males aged between 16 and 19 arrested as pedestrians fled to a nearby petrol station to escape the violence.
The pitched battle — which allegedly involved some supporters of one League of Ireland soccer club as well as Belfast’s Linfield FC — took place in Ballinteer at 7.30pm on Saturday, July 10 ahead of The Stone Roses gig in nearby Marlay Park.
Gardai had to use the dog unit, mounted unit and public order unit, with four garda vans, five gardai on bikes, two on horses, two on bicycles and four on foot for the “robust policing response”.
A full investigation of the incident is under way at Dundrum Garda Station.

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