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Gardai suspect Longford knife attack is linked to ongoing feud in Midlands

There have been a series of incidents in Mullingar over the past couple of weeks including a petrol bomb attack on a house less than two weeks ago
Gardai are investigating the assault

Gardai are investigating the assault

Alan Sherry

Gardai are investigating if a stab attack in Longford this weekend is linked to another knife attack in Mullingar last March.

A 20-year-old man received slash wounds to his leg after being attacked by two men in the Glebe View in Longford town on Friday night.

Gardai suspect it is linked to an ongoing feud involving families based in the Midlands.

A garda spokesperson said: “At approximately 8:30pm a man in his 20s received a number of lacerations to his legs. It is believed that he had been assaulted by a number of males outside a house. The man was taken to Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar to be treated for his injuries which are understood to be non-life threatening.”

He has since been released from hospital.

The attackers are believed to have the area blue 05 Citroen C5 which was found burnt out between Ballycloghan and Moydow a short time later.

Gardai said they are also interested in a gold coloured Nissan Almera that was seen in the Moydow area on Friday night.

Gardai are investigating whether the attack is linked to an incident in Mullingar in March in when a young man was injured in another slash attack.

Meanwhile. there have been a series of incidents in Mullingar over the past couple of weeks including a petrol bomb attack on a house less than two weeks ago and a confrontation between two groups outside a house.

Videos of the second incident show two groups of people throwing bottles and other items at each other.

This week another video was posted online by one of the people involved in the feud telling the man whose house was targeted in Mullingar not to retaliate.

“What happened that day I wouldn’t get excited about. Both sides were shouting and roaring and firing yokes that was it. A man went up to you this morning and asked you if you’d forget about it and you gave word no,” he said.

“I’ll give you my word now me and my family is not coming to Mullingar to do any damage or breaking up.

“Your woman started it from day one and now you want to keep it going. I’ll just ask you nicely. Take advice. If you get the option to let things be I think you’re better off.”

He referred to a petrol bombing of a house in Mullingar days before the brawl and said his side had nothing to do with it and were being wrongly blamed.

He gave details of where he would be staying this week and added: “If you want to bring it dirty, bring it dirty.”

He then warned if there was retaliation his side would not back down.

“But I’m telling you now when you get me on the ground look at my face and cut my throat and don’t let me up. If you bring this dirty I’m making one promise we will be coming back then and we’re not going to come back and break stuff up. We’re going to do - I cant say too much on this – I’ll make one promise we’ll break no windows of a house or a car.”

He said if his family were targeted he would target a woman on the other side.

“You keep what you’re at and I don’t care I’ll beat a woman the same as a man. We’ll visit Lanesboro. There’s a woman up there on her own. You know who she is. She’s a target.

“I’m not a fool. There’s none of us made of steal. If you do it dirty and you don’t kill me you’re going to sit down one day and say the biggest mistake we ever made was let that man up because I guarantee I will be back and not to break windows.

“Before there’s someone left lying out in one of these graveyards pack it in.”

In another incident linked to the feud last week one side kidnapped an innocent man at knife point and drove him around in a car while recording a video of the kidnapping and making threats to the innocent man’s relatives.

In the video the man held a knife up while his victim was in the passenger seat. He issued a warning to the victim’s relatives due to their links to the other side.

“There’s your father here a very nice man. I’m giving you one warning…if you ever drive down to my daughter’s house again look at where you father is now. There’s nothing getting done to your father but we don’t video houses we come knocking at houses.”

Local Fianna Fail Councillor Seamus Butler condemned Friday’s attack.

“It’s unfortunate that knife crime is countrywide. Calling this a feud is a misnomer. These are serious criminal acts. The term feud kind of puts a veneer of well this is the way things go on it but it’s not acceptable and it’s certainly not acceptable in Longford.”

Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information in relation to the incident to come forward.

“Gardaí are particularly appealing to anyone who was in the Glebe View area of Longford between 7pm and 9pm to come forward. They are also keen to speak to anyone in the Keel Moydow area between 7pm and 10pm, who may have seen these vehicles.

“Additionally Gardaí are appealing to any road users who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) from the area at the time to make it available to them.”

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