Locals are being warned after a group of teenagers viciously attacked a car in Ballybrack.
Last Saturday at around 10pm, a woman reported she was driving through the area when her car was ambushed by a large group of around “15 to 20 teenagers”.
In a post on Facebook page Shankill Open Forum, she said the incident happened “outside Ridge Hall.”
“Cans thrown at the windscreen, and when we slammed on, they ran over to kick the wing mirrors off and kicked the door in. So perhaps avoid if possible,” warned the woman.
She added: “…I would say there’s a few grand worth of damage! My husband was with me thankfully.
“…It was crazy. Just so unexpected and totally unprovoked… We literally stopped in the middle of the road because we were just in shock like.
“We’re ok, just a bit shaken… Be careful out there, one minute you can be cruising along belting out Cher, next thing you’re in a scene from Dangerous Minds,” warned the woman.
She said that Gardai were called and were “very responsive and helpful”.
Messages of shock and concern have been pouring in on social media for the woman.
One wrote: “Omg that is awful my daughter lives in Ridge Hall and we constantly drive up there…. hope they are caught…” Another wrote:
“[What is] wrong with kids these days… We need [to be] on watch more when driving late… It’s shocking…”
While another advised: “…All the more reasons for dash cams.”
A Garda spokesperson told Dublin Gazette that they are investigating the incident of “criminal damage.”
“Youths were seen in the vicinity of the incident. Youths who in turn caused damage to car. No injuries sustained, but damage caused to the car. No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing,” said the spokesperson.
Local councillor Shane O’Brien (SF) told Dublin Gazette: “As a resident and local rep for the Ballybrack area, people are very angry and disgusted by this incident.
“I condemn those responsible for such behaviour and would hope that those involved reflect on the seriousness and potential consequences of their actions.
“Parents also have a role in ensuring that their children do not engage in violence of this kind and must do more to teach their children respect for their neighbours, community and other members of our society,” added Cllr O’Brien.
He also said the incident highlights the need for a greater Garda presence in the area to combat antisocial behaviour.
Local councillor Hugh Lewis (PBP) also condemned the attack.
He said: “It’s very disappointing to hear of such an attack, a similar incident also happened to a bus on the Shanganagh Road in the past week.
“We must put an end to this indefensible behaviour and seek the support of parents and the necessary services to do so.
“The actions of these teenagers are not reflective of the overwhelming majority of great young people we have in the community of Ballybrack.”