Wednesday 26 June 2019

Man seriously assaulted by four teenagers while walking home from work

(Stock picture)
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Amy Molloy and Conor McCrave

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after a man was seriously assaulted by four teenagers while walking home from work.

The incident happened in the Castle Riada area in Lucan, Dublin yesterday evening at around 4.30pm.

The man, who is 31 years of age, was approached and attacked by the group.

He suffered serious injuries to his face and brought to James Connolly Memorial Hospital.

His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Local councillors told they are being contacted regularly by concerned residents who fear the number of attacks carried out by youths is rising rapidly in the area.

"It’s not the only incident to have happened in the area over the last week and its frightening to see it escalating in the area," Independent Cllr Liona O’Toole said.

"We need more measures in place to diminish and reduce the incidents we’re experiencing now," she added.

Another councillor, Paul Gogarty said he has heard reports of gangs from outside of the area coming in and carrying out assaults on local residents.

"Attacks on teenagers are on the rise in the area. There was an attack on a bus recently and another attack on teenagers waiting for a bus," he said.

"It’s worth pointing out that a while back in Palmerston there was roaming gangs around and the community guard at the time said they weren’t actually from the area but were coming from the city."

In a separate incident, Gardaí in Lucan are also investigating an armed robbery at a house in the Meile an Rí estate in Lucan overnight on Tuesday.

A Garda spokesperson confirmed Ronanstown garda station was investigated the attempted burglary which occurred shortly after 4am.

Gardaí attended the scene of the incident where it understood nothing was taken and no arrests have yet been made. 

Investigations are ongoing.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information on either incident to contact them at Lucan Garda Station on 01 666-7300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

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