Breaking: Two more gardaí injured and signed off after broad daylight chase with suspect in Longford town

Liam Cosgrove

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Two more Longford based gardaí have been forced to sign off work after being injured in the course of duty

Two more gardaí have been signed off work after sustaining injuries as they chased after a man in Longford town yesterday (Wednesday), the Leader can reveal.

A male and female officer received hand and upper body injuries respectively after the pair attempted to stop and search a man in the town shortly after 11am.

During the course of those attempts the man, who is known to gardaí, ran off into an apartment complex as both gardaí gave chase.

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As the man entered the building, the Leader understands a door was slammed shut suddenly resulting in the male garda sustaining an injury to his thumb with his colleague suffering an injury to her upper body.

The suspect was later arrested and charged with a Section 19 offence of obstructing a peace officer in the course of their duty.

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He is expected to appear before a sitting of Longford District Court next week while a file in relation to yesterday's episode is to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Details of that incident follow hot on the heels of the Leader's revelation last week in which a female garda was likewise forced to go on sick leave after she was allegedly assaulted while attempting to arrest a teenager during the early hours of the morning.

For more on this story, see next week's Longford Leader.

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