Injured man found chained up on side of the road

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Gardaí are investigating the circumstances into how a Limerick man was found injured and chained up on the side of a road on the outskirts of the city in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The man was discovered by Gardaí at the Kilmallock Road Roundabout near the Old Cork Road at 5.50am.

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A Limerick Fire and Rescue Service unit was deployed to the scene and they used specialist cutting equipment to free the man from the chains.

He was then removed to University Hospital Limerick for treatment where it’s understood he received treatment for a broken wrist and ankle.

Gardaí are looking at several lines of inquiry, including the possibility that the man may have been restrained for his own safety and that the incident may have been related to a mental health issue.

A source said that the man was discovered distressed and injured.

“It was one of the most unusual incidents the emergency services have had to deal with,” he said.

A Garda spokesman said their investigation is “ongoing”.

“Gardaí were called to the scene of an incident that occurred at approximately 6am on Tuesday, November 5 at the Kilmallock Road Roundabout, County Limerick,” he stated.

“A 27 year old male was brought to University Hospital Limerick for examination and no further information is available at this time,” the spokesman concluded.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Roxboro Road Garda Station on 061-214340.