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Boy anglers attacked by teens who wrecked gear

A FIFTEEN-year-old boy with autism who was "on a high" after winning a top prize in an angling competition was attacked by teenagers who broke his fishing equipment before dumping it in a river.

Jamie Walsh from Graiguecullen, Carlow was fishing along the River Barrow when he was targeted.

The boy, who has Asperger's Syndrome, was pushed by two teens who also held his 12-year-old friend, Michael Bulger, "by the neck" on the ground.

The victims managed to escape by fleeing through a field.

Jamie's mother Valerie Walsh said the attackers were two youths who were in the care of the Health Service Executive.

"All my son does is fish. It's his therapy," she said.

Following a radio appeal, the people of Carlow and Kilkenny dropped fishing equipment to Jamie's house yesterday.