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Woman escapes from attacker following assault in north Dublin

Woman escapes from attacker following assault in north Dublin

Investigations are under way after a young woman was attacked on her way to work.

The woman managed to escape her attacker during the disturbing assault in Swords, north Dublin.

The attack occurred shortly before 7am yesterday when the woman was assaulted by a man who was wearing a grey hoodie.

She managed to escape the man and a good Samaritan cyclist came on the scene and was able to help her.

It is understood that she suffered only minor injuries and was not hospitalised, but she was left "very shaken" by the incident.

A source said gardaí were not clear if the motivation for the attack was a sexual assault or a robbery. Detectives are at the early stages of their probe.

CCTV in the area has been seized and is being examined by officers investigating the crime.

The attacker has been described as a man wearing a grey hoodie but no further identifying details have been established yet.

The area is close to a number of businesses and is usually a busy area for traffic.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to the incident or people who may have seen a man matching the attacker's description in the area to get in touch.

A spokesman said yesterday: "Gardaí would like anyone who was in the area of the R132, particularly between Balheary Road and Seatown Roundabout this morning to contact them at Swords garda station on 01 666 4700."

Local councillor Justin Sinnott said the incident was "very troubling".

He said: "When you see incidents like this it does come back to how are we detecting this type of crime and are we resourcing the police enough?"