Man charged with stabbing alleged feud at Longford fast food takeaway

A man is due in court in the morning on charges of stabbing in the town of Longford yesterday which left another man in hospital with serious injuries.

The man, in his 20s and from the Longford area, was arrested by detectives hours after an incident inside the Luigis fast food restaurant along the town’s High Street from the county shortly after 3 p.m.

He was brought to Granard Garda station last night under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, where he remained until charged this evening.

He is due to appear in a session of Mullingar District Court in the morning.

The victim, a man in his early 20s, was taken to Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar with serious upper body injuries from the incident.

A woman in her 20s has since been released after also being arrested by investigators last night.

She is believed to be the alleged driver with a flip-flop believed to belong to the woman found by gardaí at the scene shortly thereafter.

A brief will now be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to determine what charges, if any, can be brought against the woman.

The details of yesterday’s incident are the latest in a long line of violent incidents to have spilled onto the streets of Longford in recent weeks.

Local councilor and former chairman of the Joint Policing Committee (JPC), Seamus Butler, said the only way to solve the recent upsurge in feud-related incidents was more police visibility, tougher penalties and resources additional made available to the gardaí.

“It’s not just a feud, it’s serious criminal violence,” he said.

“These people need to be taken off the streets of Longford for as long as possible and the judiciary has a huge role to play in this.

“What we and this town need are more resources and what is needed are foot patrols to be carried out every working day in Longford.”

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