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Police at scene of 'stand-off' between members of travelling community outside Dublin

By Emma Jane Hade and Cormac Murphy

Armed gardai at scene of 'stand-off' between members of travelling community in Finglas.

A stand-off developed between members of the  travelling community after officers attended the scene.

The incident unfolded at Avila Park in Finglas west, off Cappagh Road, where fighting had broken out this evening.

Emergency services raced to the area after the violence began.

Dublin Fire Brigade sent two ambulances and a fire truck to the scene. A spokesman for the fire service said one patient was brought to hospital with head injuries.

An eye witness said that he understand it began with a “scuffle” which then “started to escalate”.

“People were saying that there were shots fired, but I spoke to gardai there and they said there were no shots fired,” the man continued.

“There was a fist fight and there were weapons involved.”

Gardai from Finglas have attended the scene, and a spokesperson said that it is “a stand off amongst themselves”.

“We are there as a precaution,” he added.

Emergency service personnel had been called about the incident at 8.45pm.

By 10pm, a Garda spokesman said officers had the situation contained.

There was more than 10 marked and unmarked garda vehicles in attendance to prevent any further violence breaking out.

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