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Blood on the pavement after the stab attack in Dalkey

Blood on the pavement after the stab attack in Dalkey

Blood on the pavement after the stab attack in Dalkey

A Dalkey resident has hit out at the lack of a garda presence in the area following a brutal knife attack.

Students from a prestigious south Dublin school were questioned by gardai after a man nearly lost his eye in the attack on Christmas Eve.

The 26-year-old victim is recovering following the brutal incident near The Metals in Dalkey.

A 17-year-old boy, who is a student at a private school, was arrested and questioned about the incident. Two other teenagers were quizzed by gardai about the attack and a file has been prepared for the DPP.

A resident in Dalkey, who heard the commotion, said that there has been an increase in anti-social behaviour in the area in recent years.

"There is always a row - usually about four or five times a night at the weekend," she said.

"For a few minutes (on Christmas Eve) it was like downtown Aleppo with the roaring and shouting, sirens, ambulances and squad cars. All this lasted two hours and 20 minutes."

The woman, who does not want to be named, said that the blood from the attack remained on the footpath the following day and she took photographs of the scene.

"The poor man nearly died. They couldn't move him for quite awhile," she said.

"On St Stephen's morning they left me to clean up the blood on the footpath.

"I live in a so-called nice area but I hear this going off four or five times a night every Friday and Saturday.

"I've asked the gardai to send a patrol car around on New Year's Eve, but they've said that it will be particularly busy in Dalkey on that night.

Bottles

"One of my first duties at the weekend is to clean the puke out off my letterbox, pick up the bottles and cans from my front garden and take out the takeaway bags from my garden.

"I don't even go out in the evenings anymore... because I'm too frightened to come home alone afterwards," she added.

The woman, has lived in the area for over 40 years, said that she believes the recent spike in anti-social behaviour could be linked to the closure of Dalkey Garda Station.

"If they had two gardai walking up and down the street in Dalkey, they wouldn't have this problem," she said.


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