Tuesday 17 September 2019

Calls for more gardaí on the streets after armed thugs attack cyclist (39)

Councillor Tom Brabazon
Councillor Tom Brabazon

Allison Bray

A cyclist was jumped on by a carload of armed thugs in a shocking attack in broad daylight at the weekend.

The victim, a 39-year-old man, was cycling on Swans Nest Road in Kilbarrack, in north Dublin, on Saturday when a black saloon car pulled up alongside him about 10.30am.

A number of men armed with weapons got out of the car and attacked him, according to gardaí.

The man was taken to Beaumont Hospital where he was treated for non life-threatening injuries.

Gardaí said the attack was not a random one targeting cyclists in general and the victim appears to know his attackers.

Local Donaghmede councillor Tom Brabazon described the incident as shocking.

"There hasn't been any reports of that nature before," he told the Irish Independent yesterday.

"It was really a bolt out of the blue. But there's no question it's a new low and underscores the need for extra policing," he added.

The Fianna Fáil councillor said he had repeatedly asked An Garda Síochána to beef up street patrols from the Raheny and Coolock garda stations.

But to date that hadn't happened, he said.

As a result, situations were escalating that might have been prevented.

"If we could get to it earlier, we might stop it.

"But every time there's a big incident, resources get drawn away and it emboldens them," he said of the perpetrators.

Gardaí meanwhile are appealing for any witnesses to the incident to contact them on 01 666 4300 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

They are also asking other cyclists or motorists with dashcams who were in the Kilbarrack area at the time to check their cameras for any footage and to contact Raheny garda station.

Meanwhile, more than 2,600 cyclists were hospitalised as a result of road accidents in 2015 and 2016.

Some 15 cyclists were killed in road traffic accidents last year alone, representing 10pc of the 159 road traffic deaths in 2018.

Irish Independent

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