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Man Assaulted Six Miles From Roscrea

Gardaí are urgently appealing for information, after a middle-aged man was assaulted before being locked into a shed, during an aggravated burglary, some 9.0 km (6 miles approx.) from Roscrea, in Co. Tipperary.

The incident is believed to have begun at around 2.00am, when four men are understood to have forced their way into the victim’s farmhouse, situated at Glasderrybeg, Brosna, Co. Offaly, just a 10 minute drive from Roscrea, in Co. Tipperary.

The male occupant of the farmhouse, a farmer and sole resident aged in his mid-50’s, was assaulted and then confined in a shed. The farmer, however, managed to escape from the shed to a neighbouring house, where the alarm was raised and an ambulance summoned. The victim was taken to the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, where he remains for treatment to what are described thankfully as “non life-threatening injuries”.

It is understood that this is the second time that this particular farmhouse has been the target of unwelcome intruders in the last six weeks, with this morning’s criminal element quickly fleeing the scene, having stolen what was described as “a small sum of money”.

Gardaí at Birr Garda Station are appealing to farmers, local residents and landowners in the Shinrone area, to check for discarded clothing in fields or hedgerows. They are asking that if such clothing is located, please not to handle same and to contact, immediately, Birr Garda Station at Tel: 057-9169710.

Gardaí have also appealed to anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious or may have identified unusual vehicle movements in the Drumakeenan and Glassderrybeg areas on the N62 Birr to Roscrea Road, either last night or in previous days leading up to today’s incident; to contact them at Birr Garda Station, at Tel: 057-9169710 or via the Garda Confidential Line at Tel: 1800 666 111.

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