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Pepper spray used in attack on warden

A WOMAN was arrested after a pepper spray attack on a traffic warden in Co Westmeath.

Gardai in Mullingar confirmed that the traffic warden, who is in her 50s, was pepper-sprayed while working in Oliver Plunkett Street yesterday.

A 28-year-old woman, who is believed to live locally, was later arrested and taken to the local garda station.

It is understood the incident took place after a dispute over a disabled parking disc.

The woman was questioned about the incident before being released without charge.

Gardai are continuing to investigate the matter, and a file is being prepared for the DPP.

A source told the Herald that officers are confident there will be charges in the case.

It is understood that the warden required medical attention and was not able to work today.


Local Labour councillor Gerry Sheridan said the incident had caused outrage in the town.

He said: "There is a lot of concern about this incident in the locality.

"I know the council employee, and she was just doing her job – no one is entitled to do what happened yesterday morning."