Monday 17 June 2019

Armed Garda unit is on patrol in Balbriggan after stabbing

Armed Garda units on patrol in Balbriggan after the stabbing
Armed Garda units on patrol in Balbriggan after the stabbing

John Manning

Members of the Garda Armed Support Unit have been on patrol in Balbriggan in recent days in the wake of concerns about escalating violence in the town following the brutal stabbing of a man on Bath Road recently.

The horrific incident saw a man stabbed four times and left for dead in a neighbour's garden.

The neighbour became embroiled in the incident when there was knocking on her door in the small hours of the morning that woke her up. She opened the door to see a man bleeding profusely in her front garden.

She alerted the emergency services and attended to the injured man, as she was talked through how to stem the flow of blood.

She described 'stuffing towels' into the man's wounds in an effort to slow his bleeding until the emergency services arrived.

The neighbour described the scene as 'horrific' and said that her home had been 'turned into a crime scene' as she described how Dublin Fire Brigade hoses were used to wash blood from her garden and driveway.

No arrest has yet been made in relation to the incident but local gardaí are said to be following a definite line of enquiry.

Balbriggan gardaí have identified a chief suspect in the case but he is on the run and may have fled the country.

The incident has escalated tensions in the area to such a degree that the Garda Armed Support Unit has been called into Balbriggan in an effort to prevent further violence.

The unit is now in the town to support local gardaí in controlling a situation that threatens to spiral out of control.

The witness to the aftermath of the stabbing described the tension on the street and said she was sick of the area and anxious to move out.

The shocking stabbing took place on Bath Road at around 4am on Sunday morning, June 24.

The victim in the attack was stabbed four times, and sustained horrific injuries to his lungs and back which left him fighting for his life in hospital.

Emergency services say the man was lucky to survive the brutal attack.

It is hoped that the visible presence of the Armed Support Unit will quell tensions in the area and prevent further violent incidents.

Separately, just days after the stabbing, a Fingal senator with a constituency office in Balbriggan made an appeal in the Seanad for more Garda resources in the town.

Senator Lorraine Clifford Lee raised the issue in the Seanad where she said that was particularly concerned that the drugs unit in Balbriggan Garda Station was not properly resourced.

Senator Clifford Lee said that the population of the area had exploded but at the same time Garda resources had been 'decimated'.

While new officers have come to Balbriggan over the last year, at a recent JPC meeting the station reported on tight resources in its Drugs Unit in particularly were below what it requires.

Senator Clifford Lee said that it 'is clear that policing resources are stretched in the area.'

The Fianna Fáil Senator said that there were a number of gangs operating in north Fingal and locals needed assurances that the Garda resources to protect them.

The investigation into the stabbing is continuing.

Fingal Independent