By Ryan Dunne firstname.lastname@example.org@laoisnews
Portlaoise experienced a number of violent incidents at the weekend, with broad daylight assaults reported and potentially life-threatening crimes such as stones being hurled at passing cars.
Local gardaí are appealing for information after a group of youths threw stones at passing vehicles on the Link Road in Portlaoise on Friday, November 18.
The shocking incident occurred at approximately 10pm on the night, with a car and a truck both damaged when the youths began lobbing stones at the windscreens.
No one was hurt, but the incident could have been extremely dangerous and the gardaí are appealing for information.
In an unrelated incident, a gang of youths assaulted two men in Lyster Square on Sunday evening.
The group of four or five youths attacked the two men, who are both in their 20s and believed to be Polish, at around 6pm on Sunday.
The injured parties ran into a nearby business and their attackers did not follow, and the gardaí were quickly on the scene. No weapons were used in the attack and the two Polish men received only minor injuries.
A garda spokesperson has said that there is a history between the injured parties and the gang of youths, all of whom are from the local area.
In a separate incident on the same day, Sunday, November 20, at around 3pm, a group of youths was chased by a number of men in Portlaoise and one of the youths was robbed of his mobile phone.
It appears that one youth, aged 15, was separated from the group and targeted by the men, who assaulted him and stole his phone at Railway Street. The youth received minor injuries.
And a man was assaulted after disturbing thieves siphoning diesel at Clonminam Industrial Estate.
The assault occurred overnight between Thursday, November 17 and Friday, November 18, when an employee of JP Transpeed approached two males who were siphoning diesel from a truck. The employee was struck across the head with a piece of hose and the two thieves fled the scene on foot, leaving behind storage drums and siphoning equipment.
The employee sustained minor injuries.
Anyone who can help with the garda investigation into any of these crimes should call Portlaoise Garda Station on 05786 74100.