GARDAÍ ARE appealing for information from the public following a late-night assault and robbery of a woman over the weekend.
The incident occurred at approximately 3am on Sunday, December 1st on Castle Road in Bandon, Co Cork.
The victim was walking alone down Castle Road when she was approached by a 6ft male in black clothing, with the word "PUMA" written across his jumper.
According to The Independent, the male at first attempted to engage her in conversation before suddenly attempting to drag her down a darkened laneway.
The woman, who resisted the efforts to be dragged into the laneway, was then knocked to the ground and assaulted.
The assailant stole her handbag but fled as three men who happened to be in the area came across the incident and rushed to the victim's aid.
Emergency services were called but the woman did not require medical attention and was able to assist Gardaí by giving a statement.
No arrests have so far been made.
Gardaí are now appealing for anyone who was in the Castle Road area of Bandon between 2.45am and 3.30am on December 1st and who may have witnessed the incident, or who may have seen a person matching the suspect's description on that evening, to come forward.
Anyone with any information can contact Bandon Garda Station on 023 885 2200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.