Gardaí launch investigation into mass teen brawl in Cork suburb; video footage being analysed to identify those involved

Gardaí launch investigation into mass teen brawl in Cork suburb; video footage being analysed to identify those involved
Stills from a video circulated on social media over the weekend of a large brawl amongst teenagers at Mount Oval, Rochestown Co Cork amid the Covid-19 coronavirus global pandemic. 'Lockdown', and 5km travel ban in force for public health protection.

GARDAÍ in Cork have launched an investigation into a mass teen brawl that took place in the Mount Oval area of Rochestown on Saturday evening.

Up to 70 teenagers were at the scene where a number of scuffles broke out.

Gardaí had already dispersed larger gatherings of youths from the Garryduff Woods and Rochestown areas earlier in the evening.

It is understood video footage from a number of different angles is being analysed by Garda in order to identify youths that were involved.

A Garda spokesperson told The Echo today: “Gardaí in Douglas are investigating all the circumstances surrounding a public order incident in the Mount Oval area, which occurred yesterday evening, Saturday 23rd May 2020.

“Shortly after 8pm, Gardaí received numerous reports of an alleged brawl between a group of up to 70 youths. On arrival at the scene, the youths dispersed. No injuries have been reported to Gardaí in relation to this incident.

“The incident follows a number of incidents earlier in the evening when Gardaí responded to reports of mass gatherings in Rochestown and Garryduff Woods. The youths dispersed on arrival of Gardaí at these locations.

“Gardaí maintained a presence in all areas and conducted proactive patrols throughout the evening.

“Gardaí are investigating a number of videos circulating on social media showing a large-scale disturbance. Anyone who may have information in relation to these incidents is asked to contact Togher Garda Station on 021 494 7120 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.” There have been no reports of any injuries or arrests at this time.

It is the second such incident in Cork in recent weeks, following a brawl between youths in Ballincollig recently.

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