Teen held after violent attack on Garda in Longford cop station as officer recovers in hospital
- 19:52, 23 Aug 2022
- Updated: 19:52, 23 Aug 2022
A GARDA is recovering in hospital after being attacked by a teenager during a violent incident at Longford garda station.
It’s understood the officer was set upon after the teen was arrested after an incident occurred shortly after midnight on Tuesday in Drumlish.
The suspect, who is aged in his late teens, was later taken to Longford garda station where the violent episode is alleged to have unfolded.
It’s believed the garda sustained facial injuries, including a suspected broken nose, and was taken to Mullingar’s Midland Regional Hospital for treatment.
A garda spokesperson confirmed a juvenile had been arrested in connection to the incident.
They said: “Gardai are investigating incident of assault that occurred in the early hours of this morning, Tuesday, 23rd August 2022 at Longford Garda Station.
“A male Garda (30s) received injuries following the incident and was later taken to Mullingar Regional Hospital for treatment.
“A male youth was arrested in relation to this incident and is currently detained at Longford Garda Station.”
Longford Fine Gael Senator Micheal Carrigy expressed his shock at the incident, saying the fallout highlighted the dangers gardaí take on a daily basis in upholding law and order.
He said: “The Gardai in this county do a tremendous job in serving our community.
“It’s time the courts take a far tougher hand in relation to serious offences like this and those of a similar nature.”
Separately, Gardai have successfully reunited a lost snake with its owners after it was found in Ringsend.
Appealing for information, Gardai in the Irishtown Garda station posted about the snake on Twitter hoping to find its owners and shared pictures of the lost serpent.
They wrote: “Gardaí are ssseeking the owner of thisss ssslithery sssnake that wasss handed in to them lassst night after being found in the Ringsend area.
“If you have any information that can help in reuniting this reptile with its owner, please contact Irishtown Station.”