Row in pizza place on Main Street Portlaoise

Assaults reported after gang started dispute in fast food outlet

Row in pizza place on Main Street Portlaoise
By Ryan Dunne ryan@leinsterexpress.ie@laoisnews

Two men were assaulted by a group of up to eight males at the weekend after a disturbance in a local fast food outlet spilled out onto Portlaoise Main Street.

The broad daylight violence occurred at 4.30pm on Saturday, December 3, at Del Pappas Pizza, when a group of males entered and got into a dispute with staff.

The dispute spilled out onto the street and two staff members, one of whom is believed to be the owner, were assaulted.

Both men went to hospital, but it is reported that they suffered only minor injuries.

The group of assailants, seven or eight males of various ages according to a garda spokesperson, fled the scene on foot.

No weapons were used in the brawl and there was also minor internal damage caused to the premises.

No arrests were made but the gardaí are following a definite line of inquiry, and are appealing for witnesses.

In a separate incident, a 67-year-old man was left badly shaken after being robbed in his home in Mountrath last week.

The robbery happened on the Link Road last Tuesday, November 29.

A lone male knocked on the door of the house at approximately 6pm and after entering the house by force he struck the 67-year-old across the head with an implement.

The robber demanded money, but he subsequently fled the scene empty-handed. The homeowner received a minor injury and did not need to attend hospital, but the incident would have been very frightening for the man, who lives alone.

The only description of the robber is that he was a man dressed in a gray tracksuit with stripes, and it is not known what direction he travelled in when he fled the scene.

If anyone saw a man matching this description in the vicinity of Link Road or beyond at around 6pm on the evening they should contact Portlaoise Garda Station on 05786 74100.

And a handbag was stolen from a car outside Oakdale Nursing Home in Portarlington on Saturday, December 3.

The injured party was sitting in her vehicle outside the nursing home at around 8.40pm and when a lone male approached, opened the passenger door and snatched her handbag.

The man is described as being in his 30s, of medium build with short dark hair.

He was wearing a blue jacket and fled the scene in a vehicle.