Gardai hunting man in handcuffs who escaped custody
GARDAÍ are hunting a young man in handcuffs who escaped from officers after a violent melee in Cork.
One garda was hurt after a confrontation with a gang of teenagers in The Glen in Cork escalated after 7pm on Wednesday evening.
One young man, believed to be the ring-leader, was briefly detained before arresting officers were attacked by up to 30 youths and the young man managed to flee while wearing the handcuffs.
The two officers, who were attacked with bricks and bottles, were forced to withdraw from the area and await garda reinforcements.
Gardaí gave chase to the escaped youth but he managed to flee on foot.
The situation around Glen Avenue was deemed to be so volatile that garda reinforcements were rushed to the area from all over Cork city as well as from county towns including Bandon, Midleton and Fermoy.
The confrontation with the gang of up to 30 youths lasted for almost three hours before officers finally managed to restore calm.
Three young men were later detained by gardaí.
A significant number of the youths involved had been drinking in the area throughout the afternoon.
All three detained are aged between 18 and 20 years and are expected to appear before Cork District Court today on public order charges.
A garda suffered a leg injury - believed to be from a thrown rock - and was discharged after treatment at Cork University Hospital (CUH).
Gardaí confirmed that a number of patrol cars were also damaged in the prolonged confrontation with the gang.
Mayfield gardaí have appealed for anyone with information about the escaped teen or anyone who sees a young man attempting to free himself from handcuffs to contact them.