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Security checks tightened after knife attack

REVELLERS reported tighter than usual security checks at the Oxegen music festival over the weekend following a stabbing incident which left one teenager hospitalised and four others needing medical treatment.

Gardai were continuing the search for the attacker last night after recovering a knife at the scene.

The incident occurred at about 4am on Saturday morning at one of the campsites at the Punchestown Racecourse in Co Kildare, where the event was being held.

Officers believe two groups of youths who were staying in the 'blue' campsite -- one of three camping areas at Oxegen -- became involved in a row.

"It appears one group was minding their business and enjoying themselves when another got involved with them and trouble started," said a garda source.

During a brief scuffle, a 19-year-old man from the North suffered slash wounds to the neck and upper body. He was taken to Tallaght Hospital, where his condition was yesterday described as stable.

Four other youths, all around the same age, also received minor injuries and were treated at the festival's medical facilities.

Three were from the North, while one was from Wexford.


Gardai were quickly on the scene and canvassed the campsite in the hours which followed.

Some campers were woken by officers seeking witnesses to the incident. An appeal for witnesses was also issued through news media and social-networking site Twitter.

However, no arrests had been made by last night.

Promoters MCD declined to comment on the incident but disputed reports that some people staying in the campsite where the attack happened decided to go home the following morning.

Apart from the stabbing, gardai said the festival was largely trouble-free, with no other major incidents.

But some festivalgoers reported that a number of tents were broken into and items stolen.

There were 200 officers on duty at the festival over the weekend and a number of arrests were made for minor offences. Revellers reported vigorous security checks and pat-downs for people arriving at the festival. A number of forged tickets and wrist bands were also seized.

Irish Independent