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‘He wasn’t going anywhere’ – Lord Mayor helps stop burglar in his tracks in Dublin city centre

Dublin Lord Mayor Nial Ring. Picture: Collins
Dublin Lord Mayor Nial Ring. Picture: Collins

Dublin Lord Mayor Nial Ring is being hailed a hero after he got out his car to stop a fleeing burglar in the city centre.

The mayor was on his way to launch the St Patrick’s Day festival this afternoon when he noticed a young man running down Peter Street, near St Stephen’s Green. 

According to eye-witnesses, the male was seen breaking into an apartment at Cannon Court, Bridge Street shortly before 12 noon.

Speaking to, Mr Ring said he saw another man running after the burglar when he decided to take matters into his own hands. 

“I quickly told my driver to stop the car a few metres ahead of the man in a bid to cut him off at the end of the street. 

“There was someone else chasing him, shouting ‘stop, thief’, so I knew something quite serious must have happened. 

“When I got out of my car, the man was out of breath and had basically given up by the time myself and another man grabbed him. 

“He wasn’t going anywhere as there were three of us surrounding him.”

Mr Ring added that in less than a minute gardai arrived at the scene and arrested the individual. 

“I wish I could say this guy was a 6′ 6” bodybuilder, but he was only a small enough lad in his early twenties.

“It was the first time I’ve helped to make a citizen’s arrest, but it was certainly less dramatic than it all sounds,” he said. 


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Staff at Marsh’s Library on St Patrick’s Close, who witnessed the incident, posted what they saw on Twitter. 

“Wow! Our staff just spotted and chased an *alleged* burglar coming out of a neighbouring building. Running up Peter Street the guy was arrested by none other than the Lord Mayor of Dublin, @nialring who happened to be in the area. Guards on the scene within 20 seconds.”

A Garda spokesperson confirmed the incident. 

“Gardaí in Kevin St are investigating a burglary which occurred shortly before midday on 12th February 2019, at Cannon Court, Bride St.

“A male in his twenties entered a premises. The suspect was subsequently detained and arrested by Gardaí on mobile patrol.”

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