Garda is stabbed in leg and beaten by gang of young thugs
A garda suffered a stab wound to the leg and was beaten about the head while trying to arrest a man in Dundrum.
The incident happened in the Hillview Estate in Ballinteer after reports of a stolen car being driven in the area.
Gardai from Dundrum responded to the call at 6am yesterday, and when they arrived a group of youths abandoned the car and ran off.
The vehicle, a 141 D registration Kia Picanto, had been reported stolen from the Rathfarnham area.
One of the officers chased one of the suspects who ran to a house.
But while the garda was trying to arrest the youth, a number of young men emerged from the house and began attacking him.
He was set upon and received a wound to the back of his leg and a number of blows to the back of his head.
The officer was taken by ambulance to St James's Hospital where he was treated for his injuries and kept in for CT scans to assess the level of his head injuries.
He was described last night as being in a comfortable condition.
Other gardai provided backup when the situation flared up.
Two men aged 18 and 20 were arrested for road traffic and public order offences and will appear in court at a later date.
A garda spokesman said the attack was a frightening example of the type of violence members of the force face on a daily basis as they carry out their work.