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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Man fights for his life after knife assault

Garda forensic officers at the scene of the attack
Garda forensic officers at the scene of the attack

A man in his 20s was fighting for his life last night after he was attacked outside a house in Co Meath.

The incident happened in the Tailteann Road area of Navan at around 2.30pm yesterday.

It is understood he was attacked with a knife or other sharp implement which caused extensive injuries.

The emergency services were called to the scene where the man was found bleeding and in cardiac arrest.

Paramedics immediately tried to resuscitate him and he was rushed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, in Drogheda.

Shocked

The scene outside the house was preserved yesterday to allow for a forensic and technical examination.

Gardai from Navan who are leading the investigation have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

Local councillor Wayne Forde said the neighbourhood was shocked to learn of the attack.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the man and his family at this time. Hopefully, he is able to pull through and make a full recovery from these serious injuries," he said.

"I recently made a request at a meeting of Meath County Council for 100 more gardai in the Navan and Meath areas following the huge rise in anti- social behaviour.

"This incident shows the real need to ensure we have more gardai here."

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