Youth hospitalised after teenagers clash in Ashbourne car park

Three arrested after group took bus trip for what is suspected to have been planned attack

A  group of youths from Swords took a bus last Friday to Ashbourne (above), where they approached another group in what appears to have been a planned attack. File photograph: Google Street View

A group of youths from Swords took a bus last Friday to Ashbourne (above), where they approached another group in what appears to have been a planned attack. File photograph: Google Street View

 

Three arrests have been made after a clash involving teenagers in a multi-storey car park which led to one being hospitalised.

A large group of youths from Swords, believed to be aged between 14 and 16 years, took a bus to Ashbourne, Co Meath, where they approached another group in what appears to have been a planned attack.

Gardaí in the town observed the incident and said the local group immediately dispersed, but the assailants managed to get to one before officers could intervene.

This male youth was assaulted and brought to hospital, but his injuries are not thought to be serious. A garda was also injured during the incident, which took place last Friday evening in the centre of the town.

Three arrests were made under the Public Order Act.

In a statement, gardaí said they have identified a number of other individuals involved and are in the process of interviewing them.

As part of the investigation, gardaí are also in discussions with local schools in the areas concerned.