Strangers are randomly attacked in street 'game'
Fears have been raised that a dangerous teen 'game' that is linked to a number of deaths in the US is taking hold in Ireland.
The violent pastime known as 'hit and run' or 'knock-out' involves groups of youths randomly attacking strangers in the street.
In the south-east, a number of attacks have been linked to the disturbing game. In Wexford, New Ross councillor Michael Sheehan says there have been at least four assaults in the past week.
"It is very concerning," he said. "All of the individuals attacked were walking home from a night out when they were randomly set upon.
"People who work with youths in the town are reporting to me that this game has become popular.
"We have had a young woman in her late 20s viciously beaten by a large group of youths as she made her way home. It was completely random. They call it 'hit and run', apparently.
"A man in his 50s was also badly hurt and was hit in the back with a glass, and another person was attacked in the local graveyard."
In Jersey City, a 46-year-old man died after someone randomly punched him and he struck his head on an iron fence. A US congresswoman was also assaulted by a group of teens said to be playing the game.