24 hours of mayhem in Dublin suburb with horror assault, garda chase and vandalism
There was utter mayhem in a north-Dublin suburb in a period of just over 24 hours which included a savage assault, a terrifying high-speed garda chase and an act of bizarre vandalism by a crazed woman.
One man was savagely assaulted by five brutal thugs in Cabra just hours before armed gardai were involved in a terrifying high-speed chase after a stolen car failed to stop for officers.
And before these incidents happened, a woman caused a security alert by running in front of cars and breaking windows before she was eventually subdued by gardai in front of a goading crowd.
All the unrelated crimes happened in the suburb of Cabra this week and the only incident in which there have been no arrests is the savage daylight assault, which happened shortly after midday on Tuesday.
It has emerged that a 42-year-old local man was walking on Broombridge Road when he was savagely assaulted by five men, four of whom jumped out of a car and another who was on foot.
A hurley, brick and knife were used in the brutal attack which happened in front of shocked eyewitnesses.
The victim suffered a broken nose, broken ribs and a number of serious cuts in the assault before his attackers fled the area.
Emergency services were notified and the victim was hospitalised where he received extensive treatment.
"He suffered a really bad hiding - they beat him in the face with a brick. Gardai do not have a motive for this attack," said a source.
The victim was not previously known to gardai.
The same road was also the location for another chaotic incident that unfolded at around 11pm on Tuesday when a stolen Audi A4 car with four occupants failed to stop for gardai.
Gardai gave chase after the car which had been the subject of an "unauthorised taking" in the Cavan town area at the weekend sped off.
Sources revealed that the pursuit led gardai onto the M50 where the stolen car was driven all the way to Tallaght before turning back and driving northside again.
The car was eventually driven back into the Cabra area where the pursuit ended at Carnlough Road where it had started at around 12.10am yesterday.
It is understood that armed officers had been involved in the chase and all four occupants of the car were arrested and brought to various garda stations.
The alleged driver of the car is a 27-year-old Cabra man while the car was also occupied by two other local men aged 21 and 18 as well as a 25-year-old man from the capital's south inner city. They were all released and are expected to be charged in the coming weeks.
"This was extremely dangerous joyriding where very high speeds were reached," a source said last night.
In a completely separate incident, a number of garda units were deployed to the Fassaugh Avenue area of Cabra shortly after 11pm on Monday when a crazed woman jumped out in front of cars, breaking windows.
Gardai responded to reports of her "drunken activities" and a large crowd of people had gathered and "goaded" officers as they attempted to arrest her.
Sources said that a "lack of garda resources" has become a major problem in policing the Cabra area in recent months with the closure of the local garda station at night a long-running problem.
"In Cabra, there are gangs of youths and criminals running amok. Gardai are struggling to cope at times," a source pointed out.
"These matters really need to be addressed."