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Gardaí reviewing hundreds of hours of CCTV footage to catch Shankill sex attacker

The attacks have occurred within walking distance between either Shankill or Killiney dart stations.

GARDAÍ ARE CURRENTLY reviewing hundreds of hours of CCTV in a bid to catch a man they believe is responsible for a number of sexual assaults in the Shankill area of Dublin.

Officers are particularly focusing on CCTV systems on the DART line. One avenue of investigation is that the man is using the public transport system directly after the incidents in a bid to leave the area. The attacks have occurred within walking distance of either Shankill or Killiney dart stations.

Gardaí have been carrying out house-to-house inquiries as part of their investigation.

A number of other lines of inquiry are being pursued by gardaí. However, due to operational reasons, they are being kept confidential. Gardaí have yet to release a description of the attacker. However, he is believed to be an Irishman in his 30s and was described as being pale and of a slight build.

Gardaí in Shankill are also investigating another alleged assault which happened at the start of January. However,  this attack was not linked to the ongoing investigation into the sexual assaults

Last year, a number of women were attacked near Shankill Dart Station in a short period of time, leading to protesters occupying the local garda station demanding that more be done to protect women.

The first known incident involving this suspected attacker occurred in December, 2015, when a woman was assaulted as she walked near Shankill Dart Station.

A month later in January 2016, a woman was attacked 300 metres from the Dart station at the entrance to the Holly Park estate. Two weeks later, two complaints of assault were made to the authorities. The incidents are alleged to have taken place on the Quinn’s Road just after Shankill village and on Military Road, which leads to Killiney Dart Station. The Bayview attack occurred in between Shankill Dart Station and Military Road.

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