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Armed detectives were last night hunting for two Dublin criminals suspected of assaulting a couple with hammers in a violent attack.

The man and woman, aged in their 60s, were seriously injured after being attacked at around 11.30pm on Saturday night in their Dublin 8 home.

Gardaí believe the aggravated burglary is part of a crime spree by two men who are also suspected of attempting to rob a young man in Walkinstown later that night.

Detectives were last night carrying out searches for the suspects who are from the Dublin 12 area as well as a Ford Transit Connect van that was used.

One of the men, aged in his early 20s, is well-known to gardaí, and his close associates have been linked to robberies and burglaries across Dublin.

The second suspect was recently arrested in relation to a drug seizure.

The aggravated burglary happened shortly before midnight while the couple were at their home.

It's understood the two men broke in and assaulted them with hammers. They then attempted to steal the homeowner's car.

The suspects fled a short time later and the couple were brought to St James's Hospital for treatment.

It's understood they suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries.

A short time later, the same men are suspected of being involved in the attempted robbery of a man in Walkinstown.

Gardaí have been carrying out searches in the Dublin 12 area and it's believed they came across the suspects and the van later that night, but the men managed to flee.

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"No arrests have yet been made, but from the inquiries carried out to date gardaí have two suspects who they are trying to locate," a source said.

"This was a serious attack on an innocent couple who are in a bad way now and gardai are anxious to find those involved."

The investigation is being led by detectives at Kevin Street garda station.

Last night, a garda spokesman said that they were appealing for any witnesses who may have been in the vicinity of Merton Park, Dublin 8, between 11.15pm and 11.45pm to come forward.

"Investigating gardaí would also like to speak to any persons who may have dashcam footage and who were in the area around Merton Park, commonly referred to as the 'Tenters', and may have seen a small white Ford Transit Connect van, partial registration 06D, with a roof rack in the Dublin 8 area, between 10.30pm and midnight on November 21, 2020," the spokesman added.

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