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Monday 23 September 2019

Man (29) is hospitalised with stab wounds

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Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

A 29-year-old man has been hospitalised with knife wounds after an attack in Drogheda, Co Louth, on Monday night.

The victim was attacked by up to four males in the Moneymore estate, which has been at the centre of a violent feud.

Gardaí were alerted to the scene near the local GAA pitch at around 10.30pm.

Members of the Regional Support Unit (RSU), who have been patrolling the area to prevent any further outbreaks of violence, also responded to the incident.

At this stage it is not believed the assault was directly linked to the feud.

The victim, originally from Dundalk, was brought to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Earlier, an armed juvenile was arrested by gardaí following a robbery at a local shop at around 7.30pm.

A masked male entered the store in the Aston Village area and threatened staff before robbing a small sum of cash from the till.

Unarmed gardaí who were on patrol responded and a foot chase ensured. A 17-year-old suspect was arrested a short distance away, and gardaí recovered a knife, ski-mask and a sum of cash.

A source said: "Gardaí are already stretched dealing with an ongoing feud in the town and to respond so quickly to a robbery at a local business is a positive," the source added.

The armed gardaí attached to the RSU who responded to the stabbing have been part of the Garda's response to the feud in the town.

There have been more than 70 violent incidents in the town since last June following the outbreak of a gangland feud in the area.

Gardaí in Drogheda are appealing for anyone with information to contact Drogheda garda station.

Irish Independent

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