It’s understood the customer left the premises empty handed. Alamy Stock Photo

Investigation launched after staff at supermarket threatened with knife in Dublin

The incident occurred shortly after 9pm last night. No arrests have been made.

LAST UPDATE | Nov 25th 2023, 11:17 AM

AN INVESTIGATION IS ongoing after it is understood a staff member of an Aldi supermarket in Ashtown, Dublin 15 was threatened with a knife by a man last night.

Shortly after 9pm gardaí were alerted to reports of a customer who had threatened a staff member of the local supermarket with a knife in the store.

It’s understood the customer left the premises empty handed, a spokesperson for gardaí told The Journal. 

No arrests have been made at this time.

“No one was harmed in the course of the incident”, the spokesperson added.

Images circulated on social media show a large garda presence at the scene afterwards.

The Aldi was closed shortly after the incident took place, according to the posts.

Gardaí in Cabra are now investigating the incident.

A spokesperson for Aldi said:”This was a very disturbing incident which was unsettling to our staff and customers.”

The spokesperson said the shop “immediately activated our security procedure, alerted the Gardaí and closed the store” to prioritise the safety of staff and customers.

“The matter is now the subject of a Garda investigation. Such treatment of our staff and security is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” they added.