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Sunday 23 July 2017

Gang use motorbike chain lock in attack on Irish woman

The 25-year-old was hospitalised after being brutally attacked with a motorcycle chain lock in the French city of Avignon. GETTY
The 25-year-old was hospitalised after being brutally attacked with a motorcycle chain lock in the French city of Avignon. GETTY

Jane O'Faherty and Martin Grant

An Irish woman was recovering yesterday after a savage attack in France.

The 25-year-old was hospitalised after being brutally attacked with a motorcycle chain lock in the southern city of Avignon.

It is understood the young woman was pushed to her knees and then beaten up by a gang of three men early on Saturday morning. Initial reports suggest the attack was a random assault.

Local police in the French city said the woman's injuries included wounds to her head, cheeks and nose.

Local media in Avignon reported that the woman was not robbed during the incident. And French police have also stated the woman was not sexually assaulted.

The violent incident occurred at around 6.30am on Saturday as the woman was walking back to her accommodation on Rue des Infirmières, in Avignon's city centre.

The gang fled the scene after the attack, but left the chain lock they used to beat the woman at the scene.

The woman was taken to the Henri-Duffaut Hospital in Avignon where she was treated for her injuries. She was reportedly discharged yesterday.

Local police sources say she has been left shaken by the attack.

It is believed the woman later told police that she did not know the three men who attacked her.

Motive

Authorities in Avignon are trying to establish a motive for the attack and are examining CCTV from the quiet area.

Detectives are expected to examine the motorcycle chain lock used in the attack in the hopes that there are any fingerprints which may lead them to the attackers.

It is also not yet clear whether the Irish woman lives in Avignon, or if she was visiting the city, which is popular among tourists.

The area where the young woman was staying - the Rue des Infirmières - is in the centre of the Provencal city.

The area sees a spike in the number of people visiting during the month of July when the Avignon theatre festival is held.

The festival ended last week.

Irish Independent

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