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UPDATE: Man found injured in Swords had been assaulted

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A man in his 30s who was found lying on the street in Swords, Co Dublin had been assaulted it has emerged.

The victim was found lying unconscious on concrete steps at North Street in Swords town shortly after 3am.

He received urgent medical attention but died at the scene.

Indendent.ie reports that gardai are operating traffic diversions in the town as surrounding thoroughfares are cordoned off with scene-of-crime tape.

Officers were working to establish the identity of the victim this morning.

The body remained at the scene for a number of hours before being removed.

The victim was understood to have been found lying on steps leading to Fingal Community College.

It is believed the assault began several metres from where the victim was found.

A number of places, including the area around a parking meter, were cordoned off. Shortly before 11.30am, assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster arrived in the town and was escorted to the scene by senior detectives.

Dublin Fingal TD Darragh O’Brien has said that his thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the local man.

He said: “This is a very tragic incident, and while the full details of what happened aren’t yet known, we all need to look after our friends on nights out.

“Anyone with information relating to the incident should get in contact with Swords Garda Station by calling 01 666 4700.

“I will be closely monitoring the situation as it unfolds and will remain in regular contact with the Gardaí in Swords and Coolock.”
 
Gardai wish to appeal for witnesses who may have been in or around North Street between 1.30am and 3am this morning or to anyone who may had drove around the area and have ‘Dash Cam’ footage from their vehicle, to contact Swords Garda Station on 01 6664700.