Man is injured in knife attack

by Gazette Reporter
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A NUMBEr of incidents occurred in Blanchardstown this Halloween, the most serious of which was a stabbing incident in Ladyswell where a young man was seriously injured.
The incident occurred at a bonfire in Dromheath in Ladyswell at around 7pm.
According to reports, David Cooper, who is his mid-20s, was with his partner and two young children when he was allegedly attacked and stabbed.
He received a number of wounds to his head and local sources say he made it to his mother’s house before collapsing.
He was rushed to Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, and he was reported to be in a stable condition.
Gardai in Blanchardstown are investigating the incident and are appealing for witnesses to contact Blanchardstown Garda Station on 01 6667000.
Meanwhile, Dublin Fire Brigade has reported that it was forced to withdraw from the Clonsilla area on two separate occasions on Halloween night.
“Crews have experienced antisocial behaviour in Clonsilla for the second time tonight. No F/Fs [firefighters] injured. Withdrawn from scene,” the brigade said on its Twitter account.
“There were a small number of isolated incidents in which crews and appliances experienced antisocial behaviour, thankfully no firefighters were injured,” a DFB spokesperson said.
According to local councillors, many residents have asked if the council could provide a safe, controlled alternative to illegal bonfires.
Cllr Paul Donnelly (SF) raised the issue last year but the council disregarded idea, saying: “Requests for the council to be involved in community events at Halloween or any other time of the year can be considered but each event must be run in a safe and environmentally responsible way.”

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