Garda manhunt launched after teens 'armed with bats' escape from Dublin detention centre

The Oberstown facility in north Dublin (Pic:
The Oberstown facility in north Dublin (Pic:

A garda manhunt was launched on Saturday evening after five teenagers escaped from the Oberstown centre in north Dublin.

The youths - aged between 14 and 18 - scaled a fence at the facility before fleeing into nearby fields shortly after 6pm

Gardai from Balbriggan, the garda air support unit and dog unit were dispatched to the area to help in the search for the absconders.

Oberstown Director Pat Bergin confirmed that neighbours were informed in the area.

A short time later, three were apprehended. Another was discovered at around 9pm and the fifth was apprehended shortly before 11pm.

It was reported that the teenagers were armed with bats and golf clubs. 

Mr Bergin told "I will now be launching an investigation into the matter and this will be sent to the Minister for Justice."

The centre in Lusk has come in for strong criticism recently.

On July 19 of this year, gardai were called to the facility but were turned away by management during a four-hour incident where youths threatened other residents.

In June, a youth escaped the facility and climbed on a roof before being later recaptured.

In July 2015, security at the facility was put under scrutiny when four young offenders escaped from the campus.

One of the teens was subsequently involved in a vicious attack on the Luas tramline in Dublin, and another taunted gardai with a series of social media posts while on the run. All of the youths were eventually returned to the campus at different periods.