Longford stabbing update: Gardaí extend time to question suspect

Detectives working on a number of lines of inquiry following alleged incident in Longford town

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Longford Gardaí are investigating a an alleged stabbing incident in Longford town last night

Garda detectives have extended the amount of time they can question a teenager in connection to the alleged stabbing of a man in Longford town yesterday evening.

A 19 year-old Longford man sustained what's believed to be a number of stab wounds during an incident which took place in the Springlawn estate, just off the main Ballinalee road at around 5:30pm.

He was initially taken to Midoc, an out of hours GP service before being taken to Mullingar's Midland Regional Hospital for treatment.

Due to the seriousness of his injuries, the injured man was transferred last night to St James' Hospital in Dublin, where he is said to be in a stable condition.

Though the injured man is said to be out of danger, it's understood his recovery will be a long and protracted one with the victim said to have sustained a number of lacerations to the upper body and facial area.

A juvenile was arrested and detained by Gardaí at Longford Garda Station a short time after. 

The Leader was at the scene of the alleged incident this morning before speaking to Supt Jim Delaney who praised his officers for how quickly his officers responded to the incident.

The Leader has learned an extension to allow detectives continue to question him has been sanctioned.

It means his period of detention runs until 2pm today when he can either be charged or released from custody.

As those enquiries continue, Gardaí are examining a number of lines of enquiry as to what brought about last night's episode.

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