Gardai bitten and stabbed in drugs raid
A Dublin thug was last night being questioned after he sliced gardai with a knife and set his pitbull dog on three officers who arrived at his home to carry out a drugs search.
The gardai required hospital treatment for their wounds.
The incident took place at around 10am yesterday in the townland of Sandpit, which lies between Termonfeckin and Drogheda.
The occupant of the house, a 39-year-old, criminal from Finglas, reacted very badly when three male officers from Ardee Garda Station arrived to search it.
When they tried to gain entry to the house, the man answered the door with a knife in his hand and "went ballistic", according to sources and the dog bit one garda on the leg, and another on the arm.
The man, who was highly intoxicated, also encouraged his dangerous dog to attack the gardai and sliced two officers with a knife.
The suspect, who was understood to be lying in wait for criminal rivals, was subdued and brought to Drogheda Garda Station where he remained in custody last night.
His dog was taken away and is expected to be put down.
The three gardai were treated for their injuries at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda and they were discharged after a couple of hours. Sources say the officers are expected to make a full recovery.
"These gardai were very lucky that their injuries were only superficial. This was a very nasty situation that they found themselves in," a source said.
"The arrested man is a north Dublin criminal who is extremely well known to gardai."
A search of the man's house yielded a small number of cannabis plants and an immitation fireard, it emerged last night.
"The house has been sealed off pending an technical examination.
"The gardai were treated for minor injuries," the spokesman said.
Sources say that gardai are concerned about an increase in attacks on officers.
At last month's Garda Representative Association meeting it emerged that 600 gardai were injured while in the course of their duties last year, 46pc of which were directly as result of assault.