Appeal for witnesses after teen stabbed at Portmarnock beach

by Sylvia Pownall
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A fifteen-year-old boy is recovering in hospital after being stabbed in the chest during what’s believed to have been an arranged fight between two teen gangs.

Gardai in Malahide are appealing for witnesses to a serious assault which occurred in the vicinity of Portmarnock beach last Friday night at around 9.30pm.

The victim was taken to Malahide Garda Station where he was treated by ASU members before being taken by ambulance to Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

His condition is described as stable. The area was sealed off overnight for officers to carry out a forensic examination of the scene.

Shocked locals said the incident was “waiting to happen” in light of the rise in violent crime and anti-social behaviour in the area and the lack of a visible garda presence.

Malahide-based FF TD Darragh O’Brien condemned what he described as a “horrific attack on a young boy” as he called for more garda resources to fight crime.

He said: “Unfortunately, I’m not shocked, as these incidents are becoming more and more common.

“Firstly, I want to wish him a full recovery after a terrible ordeal.

“I’m angry … crime is a major issue. I support our gardai and commend them for the work they do, but the reality is that in Fingal they don’t have the resources or the physical numbers to do their job.

“Our community feels under threat and it’s just not right. People have told me that they won’t let their teenagers out at night.

“We need and deserve a fully resourced police force. Malahide [garda] station must return to 24/7, and I’m committed to it. Last year, some extra resources were allocated, down to the pressure that we exerted, but we need more.

“This has to end.”

Superintendent Gerry Donnelly of Malahide Garda Station appealed for information as the investigation into the assault continues.

He said: “Gardai are anxious to hear from any witnesses who may have been in the vicinity of the entrance to Portmarnock beach, Velvet Strand, Coast Road and Wendell Avenue between 9pm and 10pm or to anyone with camera footage that could assist the investigation.

“Gardai are also appealing to any persons who may have been using public transport in that vicinity and came across large groups of youths availing of transport services.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Malahide Garda Station at 01 666 4600 or the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111.

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