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Chainsaw gang attack home as couple put young children to bed

Gang smashes way into family home in quiet neighbourhood mistakenly looking to attack drug rivals, Gardi say

By Fiona Dillon

A chainsaw-welding gang left a couple and their two young children terrorised after mistaking their home for that of a drugs rival, Gardi have claimed.

The gang used blocks to smash through the family's living room window as the couple put their two young children - the oldest of which is only aged five - to bed.

The family's ordeal lasted a matter of minutes. The gang then ransacked the home before leaving, taking  their car, an X-box and a television.

The incident happened at a house in the Swords Manor area outside Dublin.

When the gang realised that they were at the wrong house, they stole a number of items, according to police.

Gardai believe the raid on Friday night was a case of mistaken identity and the gang were looking for a rival in the drugs business.

No arrests have been made in the case as yet. The attack on the innocent couple has shocked locals.

One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said that the sound of breaking glass was the first sign something had happened in the normally quiet area.

"We went up to the house, and it was like a scene from Belfast when a bomb went off. I never saw anything like it," he said.

He added that the gang had brought blocks with them.

"They threw flagstones through the living room window. They couldn't get through the hall door. They literally smashed through the living room window," he said.

The gang then piled through the window, according to the neighbour.

"Everybody on the street is afraid," he said. "I have to say the level of fear on the street is unbelievable. They are a lovely family. The oldest of the two children is only five."

Local councillor Darragh Butler said it was a very frightening incident for the family concerned.

"In recent months and years, I am getting more and more concerned about the lack of garda resources," he said.

"We have great guards in Swords, but they are incredibly thinly stretched. They don't have enough resources, they don't have enough manpower.

"You can only imagine how terribly frightened they were," he added.

Source: Evening Herald

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