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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Hunt on for men who beat and raped woman in park

GARDAI are hunting two men who beat and raped a woman in a Dublin city park.

The incident, which took place in the early hours of yesterday in Fairview Park on the city’s northside, is under investigation by officers from Clontarf garda station.

The victim, who is to be interviewed at length later, has told gardai she was struck over the head and knocked to the ground by the men before being raped.

The section of the park where the assault occurred was sealed off for technical examination following the attack, which happened at around 3.30am yesterday.

It is understood that the victim was knocked to the ground in an area near the pedestrian bridge facing the park. She was taken to the specialist unit at the Rotunda Hospital for treatment.

Gardai believe that members of the public may have noticed suspicious activity in the area before or after the attack.

They especially want to hear from anyone who may have spotted two men leaving the area around the critical time.

Suspicious

Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Fairview Park area is asked to contact Clontarf garda Station on (01) 6664800 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

The brutal attack is the second sexual assault in Dublin’s north inner city in recent weeks.

A woman was set upon around 3am as she returned to her apartment following a night out on September 18.

The attack happened on the north quays in the early hours and garda at the Bridewell station are investigating.

They are concentrating on an area near the Arran Quay apartment complex on Church Street and have recovered footage of the perpetrator from CCTV. Detectives have created stills of the incident which they hope will help jog the memories of potential witnesses.

They are also appealing for witnesses and hope taxi drivers or pedestrians in the area may have witnessed the incident.

Anyone who may have information on the attack at Arran Quay is asked to contact the Bridewell Garda Station on 01- 6668200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

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