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Mum and son injured after men force their way into family home

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A man has appeared in court charged with trespassing on a family home and causing criminal damage.

A mother and her 10-year-old son suffered injuries in the incident which took place at their home in Balreask Village, near Navan, Co Meath, on Friday.

The woman answered a knock at the door at around 8.45pm. But when she opened the door two men barged their way into her home.

She suffered head injuries while her son received an injury to his shoulder.

It is understood there were other younger children in the house at the time.

The alarm was raised by a neighbour who told the Irish Independent he heard "some sort of disturbance" which escalated into "smashing and shouting".

He said gardaí were on the scene quickly.

"The gardaí said they were on their way and in fairness they were here in around four minutes," the man explained.

Gardaí arrested a 19-year-old man nearby a short time later and he was brought to Navan garda station for questioning.

He appeared before Trim District Court on Saturday morning in relation to the incident.

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He was charged with a number of offences including theft, criminal damage and trespass.

Gardaí objected to bail and he was remanded in custody.

A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to other more serious charges.

The woman and her son were brought to hospital for treatment. While their injuries are not life threatening, neighbours said they were left very shaken and frightened after their ordeal.

The estate where the incident happened is around 2km from Navan.

Local Fianna Fáil councillor Padraig Fitzsimons said the incident was a shocking one, and he appealed to people to be careful opening doors to anyone, particularly at night time.

Sinn Féin councillor Edward Fennessy said that Co Meath is suffering from depleted Garda resources and more patrols are needed in towns the size of Navan.

He said gardaí on the ground "are doing the best they can with the resources they have", but they need more.


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