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Major appeal Gardaí probe another violent assault after woman attacked as she walked home in Cork

It is the third incident in which women walking on their own have been targeted for violent attacks over recent weeks in Ireland.

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Gardaí are investigating a violent attack on a young woman as she walked home alone in Cork.

The assault occurred last Saturday evening in Cork's south city centre and was described by investigating officers as particularly nasty.

The woman, who is in her 20s, was walking home alone when she was attacked without warning in the Evergreen Street area shortly before 11.30pm.

It is understood she was punched and hit several times during the attack.

The woman desperately screamed for help and struggled with her attacker who then fled the scene on foot.

She was able to raise the alarm and was taken to Cork University Hospital (CUH) for treatment.

Her injuries were not life threatening.

However, one Garda source described the attack as "particularly nasty."

Detectives are now examining CCTV security camera footage from the area in a bid to determine the movements of the attacker.

The motive for the attack remains unclear.

Gardaí have appealed for anyone who spotted suspicious activity in the area last Saturday to contact them.

It is the third incident in which women walking on their own have been targeted for violent attacks over recent weeks in Ireland.

Gardaí in Kilkenny are hunting for a middle-aged man who they believe may have been attempting to abduct a 17 year old girl when he approached her from behind while she was out walking on Monday.

The 17-year-old girl was out walking in the Johnstown area around noon when a man carrying a sharp implement, possibly a scissors, grabbed her from behind.

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The teenager fought off her attacker and after a “brief struggle”

She managed to make her way home after the traumatic incident and raise the alarm.

She required hospital treatment after the assault but is now recovering at home.

The scene, just off the main R639 that links Johnstown to Cullohill in north Kilkenny, remained sealed off with only local residents being allowed access.

The narrow country lane is a secluded access road to houses and farms.

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Gardaí at the scene of an alleged assault on a young woman who was out walking near Johnstown in Co Kilkenny. Photo: Mark Condren

Gardaí at the scene of an alleged assault on a young woman who was out walking near Johnstown in Co Kilkenny. Photo: Mark Condren

Gardaí at the scene of an alleged assault on a young woman who was out walking near Johnstown in Co Kilkenny. Photo: Mark Condren

Officers have established no motive for the attack and believe that it was “random” as the victim does not know her assailant.

However, it is being treated as a possible abduction.

Gardaí said they are confident of an early breakthrough in the case given the detailed description they have obtained of the man who is said to be in his 40s, wearing dark coloured clothing and spoke with an Irish accent.

Detectives have appealed for anyone who may have spotted suspicious activity in the area to contact them.

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