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PSNI fail to intervene in second sectarian attack

17 October, 2007

Sinn Féin Representative for Banbridge and District, Cllr Dessie Ward has expressed concern that the PSNI failed to intervene while a young catholic man was the subject of a sectarian attack outside a Banbridge night spot in the early hours of last Sunday morning.

Cllr. Ward commented:

"This incident happened in full view of PSNI officers sitting in a vehicle only yards away.

"This mans friend who came across the incident had to lay on top of his friend to stop him from being beaten any further. All of the injuries were around the face, head and shoulders, which I would say is consistent with attempted murder.

"No attempt was made to apprehend the individuals responsible and this man's friend had to approach the PSNI vehicle to ask for assistance. No attempt was made to contact this man to take a statement; he even had to go to Lurgan PSNI Station of his own accord to report the incident.

"I am advised that this particular incident will be the subject of a complaint to the Police Ombudsman; however, it beggars belief that this sort of thing is being allowed to happen without any form of intervention by the PSNI. It should be mentioned that there is a CCTV camera in this area, the usefulness of which would have to be questioned.

"This follows on from a similar incident in the Woodhouse Street area of Portadown the previous weekend where two nationalist men were beaten by a crowd of loyalists while the PSNI watched on. This incident was caught on CCTV camera from a nearby licensed premise and had all the hallmarks of the murder of Robert Hamill. Serious questions need to be asked about these two incidents as they do nothing to build nationalist confidence in the PSNI." ENDS

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