A shop worker has been seriously assaulted with a hammer in Sligo Town.

The incident happened after a woman entered a store without a face covering yesterday evening. At around 6.45pm, a woman in her early 20s entered the premises without the required face covering.

The woman was advised to put on a mask and then left the store. She returned shortly after and allegedly assaulted a female member of staff a number of times with a hammer, before fleeing on foot.

The injured staff member was taken to Sligo University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The woman, who presented voluntarily at Sligo Garda station, was arrested by Gardaí and has since been charged.

She’s due to appear before Sligo District Court on Thursday.