US tourist in her 80s mugged in park
Published 04/05/2015 | 02:30
An American tourist in her 80s was subjected to a frightening robbery in which her two younger travel companions were roughly assaulted.
A man in his late 20s suffered a possible fractured shoulder while a woman, also in her late 20s, was struck a number of times in the incident.
The attack happened in bad weather at Town Park in Swords, Co Dublin, at around 8.45pm on Saturday night. The group had walked up to the park to take some pictures of Swords Castle when they were attacked by a group of youths.
A camera bag, containing an inexpensive camera, was taken during the attack in which the male tourist was shoved to the ground. He was later taken to Beaumont Hospital by ambulance for treatment of a suspected fracture.
The younger woman who was struck did not need hospital treatment while the woman in her 80s did not suffer any injuries in the incident.
The gardaí are appealing for witnesses and a garda spokesperson said a large group of youths had congregated in the park at that time.
The spokesperson said they were hoping that someone passing through the park may have witnessed the assault, despite the bad weather at the time.
Witnesses or anyone who may have been in Town Park between 6pm and 8.45pm is asked to contact Swords Garda Station on 01 6664700, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.