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Huge issue Councillor calls for more gardai on the streets after officer is injured in Tullamore

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One Garda was injured in Tullamore

One Garda was injured in Tullamore

One Garda was injured in Tullamore

The chairman of Offaly's Joint Policing Committee, Eddie Fitzpatrick, has called for an increased Garda presence on the streets. 

Speaking after an incident in Tullamore that saw one Garda hospitalised, Cllr Fitzpatrick said it was unacceptable to see gardaí being injured in the line of duty.

The Fianna Fail councillor said: “I think there is a general feeling out there, from the general public, and in talking to the Chief Superintendent, that we need to see more of a presence on the ground within the towns.

“I suppose we need to see the force being increased too, in numbers (because) that's a huge issue in some areas.”

Gardaí said that one of their members was injured while officers were dealing with a public order incident involving a group of men at approximately 11.30pm on Sunday, on William Street.

“The Garda was taken to Tullamore Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Two men were arrested for public order offences and later released without charge,” gardaí said. “Investigations into this matter are ongoing.”

Tullamore gardaí have appealed for any witnesses to this incident to come forward.

They are also asking any road users who may have camera footage that were travelling on William Street between the junction of Harbour Street and Kilbeggan Bridge at approximately 11pm on Sunday to make it available to gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Tullamore Garda Station on 0579327600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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