Gardai investigate hammer attack

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Two separate Garda investigations are underway, the most serious of which left a man with severe injuries in hospital following a brutal clawhammer attack in Longford town last week.

Two separate Garda investigations are underway, the most serious of which left a man with severe injuries in hospital following a brutal clawhammer attack in Longford town last week.

Detectives have launched an appeal in connection to the serious assault close to the Annaly Park area of town last Thursday evening.

A man in his 30s was viciously beaten around the upper body with a clawhammer after he was approached by two men wearing hoodies at around 7.45pm.

He was taken to Mullingar’s Midland Regional Hospital for treatment. So far, no one has been arrested, although gardaí hope potentially crucial CCTV footage taken from the general area might allow detectives to advance their inquiries this week.

They also hope a public appeal for information could throw up further leads and possibly identify a motive for what gardaí have described as being a particularly vicious attack.

Separately, gardaí are also investigating an incident which occurred last Friday when a thief jumped into a car on Ballymahon Street demanding an iPhone and cash before holding a key to a male motorist’s throat.

Both the driver and a second man were sitting in a white-coloured Citroen Saxo shortly after 6pm when a third individual jumped into the car’s passenger seat.

Within seconds, the thief ordered his victim to drive to a remote location while holding a key to his neck.

Both the driver and fellow passenger were unharmed, but were this week said to have been left traumatised by the ordeal.

Gardaí are not linking the attacks and over the course of the weekend arrested a man in his 20s about the incident.

The man has since been released ahead of an expected file being sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

As such, gardaí have urged motorists to refrain from leaving valuable items, like phones and laptops, on display.

Anyone with information in relation to either incident is asked to contact Longford Gardai at 043 3346741.