Gar­daí in­ves­ti­gat­ing as­sault on two teens

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS - By FIONA MA­GEN­NIS

GAR­DAÍ are in­ves­ti­gat­ing an as­sault of two teenage boys which took place on a road­way lead­ing to Gor­manston Rail­way Sta­tion on Sun­day, Novem­ber 5th.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened in the early evening when gar­daí re­sponded to a call about a dis­tur­bance near the sta­tion.

Two 17-year-old boys from Lay­town re­ported be­ing as­saulted and re­quired treat­ment at Our Lady of Lour­des Hos­pi­tal.

The pair al­leged they had been as­saulted by a large group of males and fe­males who were both black and white.

These groups boarded the train in Bal­brig­gan Sta­tion and got off at Gor­manston Sta­tion.

Gar­daí from Lay­town Garda Sta­tion re­sponded to this in­ci­dent and were as­sisted by mem­bers of An Garda Síochána from Bal­brig­gan and Ash­bourne Garda Sta­tion, along with two mo­bile units from the Re­gional Armed Sup­port Unit. Gar­daí in Lay­town are ap­peal­ing for any­one who may have wit­nessed this group of peo­ple either board­ing or get­ting off the train or who were on the train be­tween the above two sta­tions on Sun­day evening and who may be in a po­si­tion to pro­vide any in­for­ma­tion to Gar­daí.

Also, any­one who may have been in the vicin­ity of Gor­manston Rail­way Sta­tion which is just off the R132 north of Bal­brig­gan shortly af­ter 4pm is asked to con­tact Gar­daí.

Gar­daí have said that with as­sis­tance from the pub­lic they are mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant progress with their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Any per­son with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call the 041-9813320 or 01-8010600 or the Garda Con­fi­den­tial Line at 1800 666 111.

Meath East TD and Min­is­ter Regina Do­herty, has ex­pressed her shock at the re­ported asasults.

‘ This is an­other in a se­ries of vi­o­lent in­ci­dents in the Meath area that has sick­ened res­i­dents through­out the county, in­clud­ing my­self. There ap­pears to be a gang of vi­o­lent youths who will beat peo­ple at will, with­out fear of reper­cus­sions. Those thugs have par­ents, rel­a­tives and friends who know what they are up to, and I ask that they work with the Gar­dai to make sure this doesn’t hap­pen again,’ said Min­is­ter Do­herty.

She said she made con­tact with lo­cal Gar­dai about the in­ci­dent and learned it was so se­ri­ous that mem­bers of the force’s Armed Sup­port Unit at­tended the scene. An in­ci­dent room has been set up in Lay­town, County Meath.

The Min­is­ter said: ‘ The group be­lieved to be re­spon­si­ble for the at­tack num­bers 20-30 youths, in­clud­ing fe­males. It is shock­ing to me as a par­ent to think that my child could be their next vic­tim. We need to stand up to these mind­less thugs.’

Min­is­ter Regina Do­herty

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