People Are Loving Lidl's Response To Last Night's Incident In Tallaght

The looters thought big, hijacking an excavator to smash through the roof and scoop out a safe.

There were terrifying scenes in Tallaght last night as looters used a JCB to break into the Lidl supermarket at Fortunestown Lane.

At that point three patrols from the armed support unit were deployed as well as four traffic jeeps.

Gardai were initially unable to respond because roads in the area were blocked with snow.

Footage also shows that the digger is being used in an effort to break open the safe.

In one video filmed outside, men and women can be seen hurriedly running into the store and back out again, loaded with produce in plain view of several small children that were apparently waiting for their parents.

Dublin Fire Brigade also attended the scene after reports of a fire, but these proved to be false.

Civil Defence and Defence Forces trucks and snowploughs had to be utilised to bring garda reinforcements to the scene and arrests were then made.

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Tallaght councillor Brendan Ferron told that he's shocked that so many people took part in the alleged robbery.

Local Labour councillor Mick Duff said he was outraged by the group's actions, describing the incident as "gangsterism".

"Jobstown and Fortunestown are some of the strongest communities I have had the privilege to work with", she said.

"In fact, those involved are likely the same people who have terrorised people in the community for years".

Gardai have confirmed that substantial damage was caused to both premises.

"All those arrested are now detained at Dublin Garda Stations".

Anyone with information is asked to contact Tallaght Garda Station on 01-6666-000 or the Garda Confidential line 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station.

A Lidl spokesman said: 'We are aware of the very serious incident at our Fotunestown Lane store this evening.

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