Policing committee chairman calls for more gardaí on the beat to tackle street violence in Cork

Policing committee chairman calls for more gardaí on the beat to tackle street violence in Cork

THE new chairman of the city's Joint Policing Committee has called for more Gardaí to patrol the streets.

THE new chairman of the city's Joint Policing Committee has called for more Gardaí to patrol the streets after a gruesome attack occurred on North Main Street in broad daylight.

The 41-year-old man was sitting in a parked car on North Main Street accompanied by a young child last Tuesday when he was approached and stabbed a number of times by a lone male.

It is understood the attacker ran from the scene in the direction of Adelaide Street.

The injured man was taken to Cork University Hospital for treatment on a number of stab wounds.

Forensics have examined the scene, including the car, but no arrests have been made.

Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have been in the vicinity between 10.30am and 11am to come forward.

The attack was one of a number of serious assaults around the city in recent weeks. 

Cllr Colm Kelleher, chairman of the city's joint policing committee.
Cllr Colm Kelleher, chairman of the city's joint policing committee.

The new chairman of the Joint Policing Committee, city councillor Colm Kelleher, said: "There needs to be more guards on the beat to try and prevent such violent attacks.

"Cork needs to procure additional Gardaí if we are to mitigate violence in the city.

"I understand that Dublin has a bigger population and gangland crime to tackle, but Cork needs additional support." 

The councillor, who resides in Ballincollig, has seen first hand the benefit of having a more significant Garda presence on the street. 

Garda Traffic Corps are frequently in Ballincollig, Mr Kelleher said, bringing a visible presence to the streets.

"Even though it is the roads policing unit, a guard is a guard and I do think having them there is a deterrent for people inclined to commit these violent acts."

The attack on North Main Street follows a number of violent incidents in the city and county over the last few weeks.

On September 4, 55-year-old Paul Jones was found dead in his home on Bandon Road.

On September 12, a homeless man was viciously assaulted on Patrick Street, suffering severe head injuries as a result. A separate assault took place in the city centre on the same night.

Just last week, two masked teenagers, armed with knives, held up a pizza place in Ballincollig, escaping with a large quantity of cash.

Investigations are ongoing. 

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