Nurse's terror as thug drags her from car beside hospital
A nurse was violently dragged out of her car just yards away from a busy children's hospital in an early morning attack.
The woman, who is in her mid-30s, was moving her car from the staff car park at Temple Street Children's University Hospital in the centre of Dublin to on-street parking when the incident occurred.
The mother of two was attacked just feet from the entrance to the hospital at 6.30am by a man who was understood to have been bleeding heavily as a result of a physical altercation he had been involved with earlier yesterday morning.
The thief forced himself into the vehicle before ripping the keys out of the woman's hand.
As the nurse was thrown from the car, the thug attempted to assault her. He also attempted to strike other staff members who came to her rescue.
The thief then made his escape, driving off at speed in the Hill Street direction.
A spokesperson for Temple Street Children's Hospital said they regretted to confirm the night nurse was attacked and had her car stolen as she moved the vehicle to make way for other workers starting on the day shift.
Gardaí later confirmed that the car was found a short time later, crashed and abandoned on Store Street. No arrests have yet been made.
The nurse escaped without suffering any injuries but was left shaken by the incident.
"Temple Street can also confirm this very unfortunate incident is an isolated one and no record of a similar incident over the last 20 years or more exists," it stated.
"Temple Street will, however, investigate additional security measures that need to be put in place when nurses are moving their cars."