Knife-wielding man arrested following dramatic stand off with gardai in County Limerick

Gerard Fitzgibbon

Reporter:

Gerard Fitzgibbon

A STAND-off between gardai and a man with a knife on a Newcastle West street was dramatically ended after a member of the public wielding a golf club intervened.

A STAND-off between gardai and a man with a knife on a Newcastle West street was dramatically ended after a member of the public wielding a golf club intervened.

Stunned locals watched the confrontation take place on Upper Maiden Street shortly before 6pm last Thursday evening, in which a row between foreign nationals who are living in the town spilled out onto the street.

The confrontation took place less than an hour after a separate bizarre incident in which a man was arrested for crawling around the same street on his hands and knees while completely naked.

Two men were arrested and one man was hospitalised following the fight, which took place outside a number of homes and business premises at the junction with North Quay.

One eye witness, who did not wish to be named, described the scene: “It was about twenty to six when we heard the commotion outside. There was a fella with a knife, it looked like a kitchen knife. The guards were there screaming at him to put it down, but he just kept roaring.

“A fella driving a car stopped and got his driver out of the boot. He hit him across the legs with it, I think the guard used his baton too. [The man with the knife] went down and they handcuffed him.

A spokesperson for Newcastle West gardai told the Limerick Leader that the man who was wielding the knife was arrested and taken to the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Dooradoyle. No one has yet ben charged in connection with the incident.

Approximately 40 minutes earlier gardai had to be called to the same area on Maiden Street after receiving complaints about a man who was walking up and down the street while naked.

For more, see this week’s Limerick Leader County and West Limerick editions