GARDAI are appealing for witnesses to two serious assaults that took place in the city in recent days.
One involved an attack on a Polish woman walking a dog, along the scenic Canal Bank in Corbally.
During the second incident, around ten youths attacked a young man in the city centre, leaving him hospitalised.
Crime Prevention Officer, Sgt. Brian Broderick said the Canal Bank incident took place at 9.30pm on Friday, June 8.
The incident happened as a male and a female, both Polish nationals, who were out walking their dogs, were chatting at the Canal Bank.
“As they did so a female approached the pair and proceeded to attack the Polish woman and tried to steal her mobile phone. A struggle ensued and both women ended up on the ground. The Polish male then intervened to separate the parties however a male accomplice of the female thief approached and threatened the Polish man with a broken bottle,” explained Sgt Broderick..
The culprits escaped with a black Nokia mobile phone and a green North Face rain jacket.
The victims sought assistance and Gardaí later recovered the mobile phone from a man and a woman who were in the vicinity of the Canal Bank.
Two suspects have been identified by gardai and arrests are expected shortly. Anyone who was in the vicinity of the Canal bank in Corbally between 9pm and 10pm last Friday and who may have witnessed this incident or saw anything suspicious is asked to contact gardai at (061) 212400.
The second incident took place at approximately 1.30am on Saturday June 9.
A group of four friends were walking on Thomas Street when they became involved in an altercation with a group of approximately ten males. This group set upon one of the friends and attacked him.
The man received several laceration wounds.
He was brought to the Mid Western Regional Hospital where he was treated for the wounds which were described as not life threatening.
“Given the time that this assault took place, it is likely that a number of persons witnessed the assault,” said Sgt Broderick who said gardaí are examining CCTV with a view to identifying the culprits involved.