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Council needs to act before children are seriously injured – McCabe

7 February, 2015 - by Gerard McCabe


Sinn Féin Councillor Gerry McCabe called today on Belfast City Council to do more to prevent sectarian attacks on children playing football on council facilities.  

Councillor McCabe was speaking after a 17-year-old youth was the victim of a sectarian attack by a loyalist gang at the Clarendon Playing Fields in the Crumlin Road area.

Gerry McCabe said:

“It’s unacceptable that an underage team and its mentors were put through a terrifying ordeal by a loyalist gang who arrived clearly intent on hurting someone. It seems that the appearance of this gang at the playing fields was orchestrated and pre-planned.

“One teenager was assaulted by a man and was taken to hospital. 

“There has been a number of sectarian incidents involving loyalists at council pitches grounds which host underage games in west and North Belfast over recent months.

“This is unacceptable and I’m calling on the council to take action before some child or mentor is seriously injured or killed.

“I will also be meeting with the PSNI about this incident. They were on the scene today but failed to prevent today’s trouble.” 

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