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Wednesday 29 January 2020

Cyclist 'almost killed' by teens who beat him with metal bars

The Blackhorse Luas stop near where the attack took place
The Blackhorse Luas stop near where the attack took place

A cyclist said he is lucky to be alive after being savagely beaten by a gang of teens along Dublin's Grand Canal.

Turkish-Cypriot national Yaman Umuroglu was on his way home from work on Monday at 7.40pm when he was ambushed by a group of thugs armed with metal bars, near Bluebell Community Centre.

As he dismounted from his bike to get past a stile, used to prevent horses and scramblers from using the cycle path, the four or five teens began beating him on his arms, legs and head with the poles.

Mr Umuroglu suffered cuts and bruises. However, his injuries could have been far more serious if he hadn't been wearing a helmet, which was badly damaged by the metal bars.

Gang

Writing on Twitter, he said he was "almost killed" by the gang, which then made off with his e-bike.

"As I sat and bled next to the Blackhorse waiting for the gardai, several cyclists stopped to offer me help, some waited with me," Mr Umuroglu said.

"The driver of the taxi I ended up taking to St James's refused to charge me. Ireland has its flaws, but a lack of kind people is not one of them."

The incident is the latest in a series of recent attacks on the cycle route near the Blackhorse Luas stop.

After speaking about the robbery on RTE's Liveline, Dublin cyclist Liam Molloy told how he was also attacked at the same place on Saturday evening.

When he dismounted from his bike to get past the stile, six or seven 13 or 14-year-olds began hitting him with metal bars and punching him, demanding his bike, before a passer-by came to his rescue and stopped the attack.

A garda spokesperson told the Herald that in response to a number of recent incidents of anti-social and criminal behaviour, garda visibility will be increased across Dublin including in the canal/Bluebell area.

"An Garda Siochana encourages anyone who feels they have been a victim of a crime to contact their local garda station or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111," they said.

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