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Armed man 'mugs two girls on their way to primary school'

By David Raleigh

Published 25/01/2016

Gardai sealed off the area this morning and carried out a search for a possible weapon.
Gardai sealed off the area this morning and carried out a search for a possible weapon.

A man is being questioned about the mugging of two schoolgirls in Limerick city this morning.

The girls were walking on a shortcut to their primary school around 8.30am when they were approached and threatened by a man at a passageway between Athlunkard Boat Club and Lee Estate.

It's understood the man stole the girls' mobile phones and an amount of cash.

Although the two girls were not injured they were threatened by the man.

It's believed he was carrying a weapon.

Gardai sealed off the area this morning and carried out a search for a possible weapon.

A man, believed to be from the Ballinacurra Weston area of the city, has been arrested in connection with the incident.

He is being held at Mayorstone garda station.

Former mayor of Limerick, Independent councillor John Gilligan - who lives in the area where the mugging occurred - condemned the incident.

Cllr Gilligan said he has, ad nauseam, called for a CCTV camera to be installed at the walkway, which links the Island Field with Athlunkard Street, Corbally.

"We have scumbags here who would prey on anyone, young and old or the vulnerable...we can't let this happen again," he added.

"Here we have two schoolgirls mugged on their way to school, and the city council is spending €10m on doing up the walkway, and we don't have any CCTV on it."

"The area is used by people as a shortcut, and for years I've begged the authorities for a camera to be placed there," he said.

"If only to try to prevent this from happening again, we need that camera."

"I'm again calling for it to be erected there," Cllr Gilligan said.

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