Wednesday 21 August 2019

Three teenage girls arrested in connection with alleged assaults on two boys (17) outside train station

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Elaine Keogh

Gardai have arrested three teenage girls in connection with alleged unprovoked assaults on two 17-year-old boys near Gormanston Railway Station in county Meath on Sunday.

They are being detained at Ashbourne garda station.

Gardai confirmed that the victims, one who suffered a broken nose, have been released from hospital.

Last night, gardai issued a statement saying they were investigating an alleged incident in which a large group of youths attacked two teenage boys.

After the attack the gang fled on foot towards the county Dublin border and gardai from Laytown, Ashbourne and Balbriggan, as well as the armed support unit, were involved in a search for them.

Gardai say that the gang, which possibly numbered between 20 and 30, aged from their late teens and upwards, pursued the two teenagers who were at Gormonston railway station.

They chased the 17-year-olds towards the R132, the former N1 between Balbriggan and Drogheda, where the pair were then allegedly beaten up. 

There were young girls in the group and they are believed to have watched the attack.

The statement yesterday said the teens "were allegedly assaulted by a large group of males. The alleged attackers were described as both black and white youths and they were accompanied by females who witnessed the assaults. These groups boarded the train in Balbriggan Station and got off at Gormanston Station.

"Gardaí in Laytown are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this group of people either boarding or getting off the train or who were on the train between the above two stations on Sunday evening and who may be in a position to provide any information to Gardaí.

"Also, anyone who may have been in the vicinity of Gormanston Railway Station which is just off the R132 north of Balbriggan shortly after 4pm is asked to contact Gardaí. Any person with information is asked to call the 041-9813320 or 01-8010600 or the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111."

An incident room has been set up in Laytown Garda Station.

Meanwhile, gardai in Meath are also investigating after a number of people were robbed in Stamullen on Halloween night.  At least two young people had their mobile phones stolen from them.

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