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Thursday 29 June 2017

Gardaí want 'body cams' after attacks by thugs

A spokesman for the Mayo Garda Division described the attack by three men as 'particularly serious and prolonged'. Stock Image
A spokesman for the Mayo Garda Division described the attack by three men as 'particularly serious and prolonged'. Stock Image

Allison Bray and Robin Schiller

A savage assault on a female garda and her male colleague has "sent shock waves" through front-line gardaí, who are demanding body video cameras to record attacks against them.

The officers were set upon in the early hours of Sunday while on duty at Kilcolman Road in Claremorris, Co Mayo. They were responding to an earlier incident in the area at around 4.30am. They stopped a group of youths and were assaulted in a drawn-out attack.

A spokesman for the Mayo Garda Division described the attack by three men as "particularly serious and prolonged". The male officer suffered head and hand injuries while his female partner had minor injuries. Both were taken to hospital in Castlebar. The male garda was treated and discharged yesterday while his colleague did not require hospital treatment.

Meanwhile, three men aged 18, 21 and 22 were arrested in connection with the incident. They were being questioned last night at Castlebar and Westport garda stations.

A spokesman for the Garda Representative Association, (GRA) said while the "horrific assault on two gardaí in Mayo has sent shock waves throughout all front-line GRA members, none were surprised.

"Gardaí simply do not currently have the necessary personal or legal [tools] to protect them from such attacks," he said. The GRA has been lobbying for body cameras, which it believes is "a vital tool in ensuring that assaults against members are properly recorded".

Irish Independent

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