Garda at­tacked with a ham­mer

Fe­bru­ary 1991

Bray People - - NEWS -

A gang of Dublin youths who at­tacked a Bless­ing­ton Garda with a ham­mer dur­ing a drunken ram­page last week­end were ar­rested by a joint Garda and civil­ian search of the coun­try­side sur­round­ing the Wood­end area of Bless­ing­ton early on Sun­day morn­ing.

A Bless­ing­ton de­tec­tive re­ceived in­juries to his arm af­ter he was at­tacked by four young men, one of them wield­ing a ham­mer, and three young girls who he in­ter­cepted dur­ing a crime spree.

He was saved from fur­ther se­ri­ous in­jury by a fourth girl who was with the gang but wres­tled the ham­mer away from one of the youth dur­ing the vis­cous at­tack.

Two mem­bers of the pub­lic who ar­rived on the scene while the at­tack took place also pre­vented the gang from in­flict­ing fur­ther harm to the de­tec­tive.

The drunken ram­page be­gan early on Sun­day morn­ing when four young men and four girls took a Nis­san Blue­bird from out­side a home in Val­ley­mount.

The drove the car to Lacken where they robbed a shop.

Two miles down the road they ended up crash­ing the stolen ve­hi­cle. Af­ter at­tack­ing the de­tec­tive, they robbed a four-wheel drive and were chased in the di­rec­tion of Manor Kil­bride.

The gang then tried to flee on foot but were ap­pre­hended by gar­dai from Bless­ing­ton, Naas, Balt­in­glass and Dublin.

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