*Photograph: Joe Buckley

AN ARREST has been made in relation to an alleged assault of a male child which occurred in Sixmilebridge in October.

Serious injuries were sustained by the boy at a premises in Sixmilebridge on October 5th of last year and on Monday, Gardaí arrested a man as part of this investigation. The boy who was twelve years old at the time of the incident was brought to University Hospital Limerick (UHL) for treatment for the injuries which were reported as serious but not life-threatening.

Aged in his forties, the man was detained at a Garda station in Clare under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

He has since been released without charge and a file is being prepared for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Once this investigation file is submitted, the DPP will have to determine if there is sufficient evidence to refer criminal charges against the suspect.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to anyone with any information in relation to this incident to contact Shannon Garda Station on 061 365900, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

On Monday after receiving local reports of an arrest in Sixmilebridge, The Clare Echo contacted An Garda Síochána’s press office for confirmation on this. Initially, the press office claimed that no arrest had been made but an updated and factual position was later clarified.

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