Updated | Six arrested and one man charged with assault following violent attack in Edgeworthstown

Gardaí make 'significant' progress in serious public order incident at local playground

Liam Cosgrove

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Updated | Six arrested and one man charged with assault following violent attack in Edgeworthstown

The Green in Edgeworthstown, where the incident is believed to have occurred on Sunday evening, September 6

Gardaí have arrested six individuals in connection to a 'serious public order' incident in Edgeworthstown last weekend in which a man was allegedly violently attacked by a gang of youths.

It comes after the Leader first revealed on Tuesday how a man was allegedly set upon by several individuals at a playground in the mid Longford town, known locally as 'The Green'.

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A video of the incident, which has been obtained by the Leader, was posted on social media earlier this week.

That showed a number of young males can be seen remonstrating with the man before launching a vicious attack on the man as he lay on the ground.

Another man who attempted to come to the victim's aid was also set upon by the group, forcing him to the ground with a barrage of punches and kicks to the body.

One of the alleged suspects can also be heard shouting: "Welcome to Ireland" as a demand is made for a mobile phone.

In the wake of the alleged incident, an investigation was launched and gardaí in Granard set up an incident room in an attempt to track down those involved.

It had initially been reported the incident had occurred on Saturday evening, however it is understood gardaí are now satisfied it occurred the following evening.

The Leader can now reveal that since that move and appeal for witnesses, six individuals have been arrested in connection to the incident.

One man in his 20s has been charged in connection with assault, while a file is to be prepared in respect of five juveniles under the Juvenile Diversion Programme as required by the Children Act 2001.

Gardaí are also hoping to make further progress in their inquiries over the coming days and have not ruled out further arrests being made.

In the interim, An Garda Síochána appeals to any person who is a participant in this video, who has any information about what is contained on the video, or any person who may have further video or audio of this incident to make contact with gardaí at Granard Garda Station.

An incident room has been set up in the Detective Office at Granard Garda Station and anyone with information can contact 043-6684562, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.