The scene on Fr Russell Road this Thursday morning Picture: Michael Cowhey
GARDAI in Limerick have launched an investigation following a serious assault in which a teenager received stab wounds.
An area of Fr Russell Road in Dooradoyle has been cordoned off and forensics are at the scene this Thursday morning.
The Limerick Leader understands that a male in his late teens was assaulted and received stab wounds to his back in the early hours of this Thursday morning.
The incident is understood to have occurred in a nearby estate.
He was removed to UHL where he was initially in a critical condition but has since been stabilised and is now in a serious condition.
A number of crime scenes have been designated and gardai are harvesting CCTV.
Crime scenes cordoned off include a large green in Gouldavoher housing estate and a large strip of green along Fr Russell Road.
A number of concerned locals could be seen keeping a watchful eye on the garda operation. One local said that they were informed that it was "a serious incident, but have heard nothing else".
Members of the forensics team are currently examining a number of items, including a jacket, at crime scenes. Garda bicycles have been used to hold down a long roll of garda tape at the scene.
A spokesperson said:
"Gardai are investigating an assault incident that occurred at Father Russell Road on the 21st February 2019 at approximately 1am. A male (late teens) has been brought to University Hospital Limerick with an apparent stab wound. His condition is not believed to life threatening. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.
"Gardai are appealing for witnesses to contact Roxboro Road Garda Station on 061-214340."