Man assaulted by youths in the street

The gardaí are appealing for the public’s help in tracking down a group of youths who left a man with cuts to his head and hand after assaulting him in the street in broad daylight.

The 30-year-old man was assaulted by a number of youths on the Ridge Road, Portlaoise, at around 5pm on Sunday, February 2. A garda spokesperson has revealed that the man suffered a cut to his hand and the back of his head.

The gardaí are currently taking statements and it is not currently known whether any weapons were used in the attack, although it has been confirmed that no money was taken by the youths from the injured party.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or who may be able to help gardaí with their investigations, is asked to contact Portlaoise Garda Station on 05786 74100.

In other crime locally, a 22-year-old man has been arrested in Portlaoise and charged with having €1,000 of cannabis for sale or supply.

Acting under a search warrant officers from Portlaoise Garda Station conducted a search of a house on the Dublin Road in Portlaoise last Thursday, January 30.

Cannabis estimated with a street value of €1,000 was found on the premises, along with assorted drug paraphernalia. One local male aged 22, who was known to gardaí, was arrested at the scene and brought to Portlaoise Garda Station, where after questioning he was charged with the possession of drugs for sale or supply.

He will now be appearing before a sitting of Portlaoise District Court on Thursday, February 20.

And gardaí are again warning people not to leave valuables in vulnerable places easily accessible by thieves, after a laptop was stolen from a car parked in the driveway of a home.

The theft took place last Wednesday, January 29, with the culprit smashing the window of the car parked in the driveway of a house in the Ardan Glas estate in Portlaoise and removing the laptop computer.

“We’re reminding people not to leave their property in parked cars,” said the garda spokesperson.

Anyone with information can contact Portlaoise gardaí on 05786 74100, or the confidential number 1800 666 111.


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