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Monday 18 December 2017

Gardai probe allegation of sex attack on D4 street

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Gardai are investigating an allegation of a serious sexual assault on a woman on a Dublin 4 street.

The alleged incident happened in the Irishtown area at 1.30am on Tuesday.

It is understood that the woman was walking home when she was attacked in Church Avenue.

After the alleged attack, the woman was hospitalised.

Traumatised

Gardai sealed off a laneway on Tuesday afternoon to conduct a forensic examination.

On Wednesday, a team of officers conducted door-to-door enquiries in a bid to gather more information.

"This matter is being taken extremely seriously and a full investigation is under way," a source told the Herald last night.

"The victim in this case was left in a very traumatised state." Her age has not been revealed.

There have been no arrests in the case which is being investigated by Irishtown gardai.

The latest crime data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) shows a rise in reports of sexual offences - such as rape and sexual assault.

Aggravated sexual assaults increased by a third to 2,549 in 2016, with all sexual offences up by 8.6pc.

The number of sexual offences was notably higher in the Dublin area than in the rest of the country.

Last month, the Herald revealed that gardai were investigating the alleged rape of a woman at 2am on May 1.

The alleged attack happened near St Andrew's Lane in the Dame Street area of the capital.

The woman, who was aged in her early 20s, left a nightclub with a man but was attacked shortly after leaving the popular nightspot.

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