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Gardai are investigating

Gardai are investigating

Gardai are investigating

Detectives have arrested a man suspected of a crime spree during which a woman was assaulted and allegedly dragged toward his car.

Gardai are investigating a spate of assaults and break-ins in Tipperary over a 24-hour period - all believed to have been carried out by the same man.

Shortly after 9pm on Wednesday a woman was walking along Western Road in Clonmel when she was approached by a male.

The victim reported being assaulted by the man and was dragged toward his car.

She managed to fight him off and he fled the scene in a silver hatchback.

The woman and the alleged attacker are not believed to be known to each other and it is being treated as a random assault.

A short time earlier, emergency services were alerted to an assault in the nearby Wilderness Grove area.

It is believed a male in his 20s was approached from behind and attacked, suffering head injuries.

Gardai believe this assault is connected to the attack on the woman some minutes later.

Last night, investigating gardai in Clonmel arrested a male in his 30s as part of the investigation.

He was being quizzed over both assaults under Section Four of the Criminal Justice Act.

A source said the man, who is in his 30s and from Tipperary, was also suspected of a number of break-ins across the county on Wednesday.

Spree

"This man is alleged to have gone on a crime spree yesterday including two assaults and a number of thefts, which all appear to have been carried out randomly," the source said.

The suspect was being questioned at Clonmel Garda Station, where he can be held for up to 24 hours.

A garda spokesman said: "Gardai investigating two assaults in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, on April 3, have arrested a man in his 30s.

"The man was arrested in Tipperary this evening and is detained under Section Four of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Clonmel Garda Station.

"He can be detained for up to 24 hours.

"In the first incident a man in his 20s was assaulted by a man in Wilderness Grove, Clonmel.

"In a second incident a woman in her 20s was assaulted by a man in Western Road, Clonmel," the spokesman added.

"The alleged attacker left the scene in a silver hatchback.

"Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact Clonmel Garda Station on 052 6177640."