Hunt continues for attacker in Cork stabbing; incident involved up to 10 men armed with baseball bats and knives

Hunt continues for attacker in Cork stabbing; incident involved up to 10 men armed with baseball bats and knives
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THE man stabbed in Ballyphehane was recovering from surgery in hospital last night as gardaí continued to hunt for his attacker.

One line of enquiry is whether he was stabbed in a row over a drug debt.

The man, who is in his 20s, was rushed to hospital from Pearse Square in Ballyphehane at around 9.30pm on Tuesday night.

He had arrived in the area a short time earlier with a number of others.

Witnesses raised the alarm after seeing two groups of men, armed with baseball bats and knives, involved in a disturbance on Pearse Square.

Gardaí say up to 10 people were involved in the incident, including a number of older people.

No arrests have been made.

Gardaí at Togher station have launched an investigation and are seeking witnesses and anybody who may have dashcam footage from the time when the incident occurred on Tuesday evening.

Sinn Féin TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire said he was shocked by the incident.

“This kind of violence is uncharacteristic in a proud area with incredible community spirit, and it is totally unwelcome in our community at any time, but especially at a time when services are under such pressure,” he said.

“I would urge the gardaí to be visible on the ground now and in the coming time, to investigate swiftly and to ensure that there is no ongoing fallout from this locally.

“People are worried and want reassurance.”

Independent councillor and former lord mayor Mick Finn said: “This is another serious incident involving knife crime in the city and clearly young people are not learning lessons following recent tragedies; the message isn’t getting through.

“Is it time for making the carrying of knives in public as a crime in itself, to prevent further deaths or serious injury?

“There should be zero tolerance of this if we want to avoid pointless deaths or life-changing injuries.

“The root causes behind this latest incident need to be tackled also

“There is a lot going on, bubbling under the surface in our communities, and gardaí need extra resources and powers to tackle them,” said Mr Finn.

Anyone with information on the stabbing incident is asked to contact gardaí in Togher on 021 4947120.

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