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Second arrest Woman arrested over Longford takeaway stabbing after flip flop found at scene

The woman, who is suspected of being the getaway driver, is the second person to be detained by detectives

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Scene of the incident

Gardaí have arrested a woman in connection with a stabbing in Longford after a flip flop suspected of belonging to her was found at the scene.

Detectives arrested the woman in her 20s in the wake of an incident at a fastfood restaurant along the main street in the town shortly after 3pm yesterday.

A man was taken to hospital with serious injuries as a result of the incident.

The woman, who is suspected of being the getaway driver, is the second person to be detained by detectives.

It comes after a man in his early 20s sustained a number of wounds to his upper body during an incident at Luigis fast food restaurant.

Gardaí later arrested the woman before bringing her to Roscommon garda station for questioning.

A man in his 20s was arrested yesterday evening and brought to Granard garda station.

Both are being held under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act and can be held for a period of 24 hours before they can be released or charged.

The victim, who is aged in his early 20s and from Longford town, is still being treated at Mullingar's Midland Regional Hospital for his injuries.

Details of yesterday's incident is the latest in a long line of violent incidents to have spilled out onto the streets of Longford in recent weeks.

Local councillor and former Joint Policing Committee (JPC) chairman Seamus Butler said the only way to solve the recent upsurge in feud related incident was through greater police visibility, tougher sentencing and additional resources being made available to gardaí.

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"This is not just feuding, this is serious criminal violence," he said.

"These people need to be removed from the streets of Longford for as long as possible and the judiciary have a huge role to play in that."

"What we and this town needs is more resources and what's required is foot patrols to be carried out every working day in Longford."

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