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Gardaí launch investigation after alleged assault on teenage girl in Kilkenny

The suspect described as in his 40s, white, and with an Irish accent

Gardaí at the scene of the alleged assault on a young woman who was out walking near Johnstown in Co Kilkenny. Picture: Dylan Vaughan

Eamon Dillon

Gardaí are appealing for information following an alleged attack on a teenager today in Co Kilkenny.

"Gardaí in Kilkenny are investigating the circumstances of an incident between a teenage girl and an unknown male which took place near Johnstown, Co. Kilkenny today shortly after 12 midday," according to a statement

"The girl was approached by the male and assaulted before the man left the scene."

"The teenage girl was taken to St Luke’s General Hospital Kilkenny and treated for shock and a physical injury (non-life threatening). Investigating Gardaí have carried out an initial interview with the girl.

"The male is best described, at this time, as a white male in his 40s with an Irish accent."

"Gardaí continue to carry out enquiries and recover CCTV from the area."

"Gardaí are appealing for any person travelling on the R639 between Johnstown and The Gallops (a minor road also known locally as Cullinanes Lane), Ballyspellan between 11am and 12.15pm, particularly any person with any video footage (dashcam or other recording device) to contact Gardaí at Kilkenny at 056 7775000, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station. "

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