Garda injured in Athlone assault

A Garda was hospitalised yesterday (Tuesday) after being assaulted in Athlone.

The female Garda officer was assaulted at Athlone Bus Station at 7.15am on Tuesday morning.

The officer sustained hand and facial injuries in the shocking incident and was hospitalised before being released later yesterday.

A juvenile was arrested at the scene and a file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and An Garda Siochana National Juvenile Office.

It's another in a series of disturbing incidents involving assaults on Gardai across the country.

On Monday, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris met with the four Garda representative associations at their request on the issues of assaults on Gardaí and recruitment.

Commissioner Harris condemned these assaults and outlined that the organisation would be seeking to procure enhanced and additional safety equipment for Gardaí, and provide them with further training.

Commissioner Harris also outlined his support for the introduction of body cams.