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Eight men charged after Dublin supermarkets looted in blizzard conditions

Eight men charged after Dublin supermarkets looted in blizzard conditions

Another three men were charged in connection to the burglary of a Centra Store, on Kiltalown Way, in Tallaght on Friday night.

The nine men are aged between 24 and 47.

Lidl Ireland says it's aware of one "very serious incident" at one of its supermarkets at Fortunestown Lane near Citywest.

Keith Kelly, 46, from Suncroft Park, Tallaght, and Paul Freeman, 43, from Russell Green, Tallaght, were both charged with trespassing with intent to commit offence.

Garda Enda Waters told the court that when charged, Mr Freeman replied 'I wasn't there to be stealing or robbing anything. "I don't need to rob anything".

They are due to appear before the Criminal Courts Of Justice later this morning.

Povilas Gneizevicius (20), also a Lithuanian national, with an address at St Mochta's Drive, Clonsilla, was charged with possession of stolen groceries worth €60.

All six were granted bail.

Also charged in relation to the incident were John Doyle, 37, from Russell Park in Tallaght and Mohammed Snew, 25, from Milner's Square in Santry.

Mr Smew, who's 26, is also charged with the possession of a weapon, which was claimed in court to be a sledgehammer.

Gardaí said the damage was substantial.

Armed Gardai responded to an incident in Tallaght following reports of burglary and thefts of vehicles at the supermarket.

It is understood Gardai have since arrested three men in connection with the incident and they are now being detained at nearby Garda station.

Fine Gael TD Colm Brophy, said: "I utterly condemn this mindless criminal behaviour that has been carried out in recent hours".

A spokesperson for the Gardaí confirmed they were looking into the destruction of several cars: "We are investigating criminal damage to 6 vehicles on Fortunestown Way last night".

"What has taken place tonight puts people's jobs at risk which is one of the sickest aspects of this shameful crime".

In a brief statement this evening Lidl say they are aware of an incident at one of its stores and they are now in liaison with Gardai regarding the incident.

They added that the store was closed at the time and as a result no members of staff were injured.

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