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Gardaí investigating incident involving security outside Dublin city centre Lidl store

The incident took place last Thursday evening, on the public footpath outside the Lidl store on Talbot Street
Paul Hyland and Seoirse Mulgrew

Gardaí are investigating a public order incident which took place outside a Lidl store on Talbot Street in Dublin on February 11.

A garda spokesperson said no arrests have been made at this time.

On Monday, Lidl Ireland confirmed it was investigating the circumstances of an incident involving security guards who were working at one of its Dublin outlets.

A spokesperson for the retailer said the security guards were "responding to an incident in store with a customer".

The German retailer was speaking in response to videos circulating on social media which show a confrontation between a plain-clothed man and two men who are wearing security uniforms.

The incident took place last Thursday evening, on the public footpath outside the Lidl store on Talbot Street.

It is understood that both men were working at the Lidl store and the company said the security guards were "responding to an incident in store with a customer".

The footage shows both security guards trying to restrain the man before blows are exchanged between all three. During the fight, a number of glass bottles fall out of the man's shopping bags and the two security guards can be seen punching the man before he is knocked to the ground.

A number of onlookers can be seen in the video and several people are heard telling the security guards to stop hitting the man and to call the gardaí.

In a statement released to the Herald, a spokesperson for Lidl said: "Security were responding to an incident in store with a customer.

"This is currently being investigated further.

"Please note that security is provided to Lidl on a contracted basis."

Lidl confirmed the company which has the security contract for its Talbot Street outlet is Lodge Services Ltd, which has an address at Nenagh, Co Tipperary.

Lodge Services have not responded to requests for comment from the Herald.


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