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Cork City Centre described as ‘no go area’ after man in wheelchair violently attacked

A Cork City Councillor has described the city centre as a ‘no go area’ after a man in a wheelchair was violently attacked, which was one of the two incidents that took place in the city over the weekend.

Video footage of both incidents is currently circulating on social media.

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In the first video, a man is pulled from his wheelchair before being wrestled on the ground at Merchant’s Quay but was thankfully rescued by a bystander who helped the man back into his chair.

In the second video clip, a man is seen pulling a weapon from a buggy while fighting with another man near Mary Elmes Bridge.

In the same clip, one of the men can be seen chasing the other man down towards Merchant’s Quay where he manages to catch up with him and strike him with the weapon until the altercation is split up by two women.

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It’s understood that both men are well-known to gardaí, according to former Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork City Centre ‘Councillor Kenneth O’Flynn’.

In an attempt to help tackle the problem of anti-social behaviour in the city, Flynn has called for a “vital boost” in gardaí presence while adding, “The city centre is now a no-go area,”.

Flynn stated, “There is a situation now where we have to address these issues and there has to be a two-pronged approach.”

Flynn said that many people don’t call the gardaí anymore when incidents like this occur, as they don’t believe that there is any point in doing so as no one arrives when they ring.

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