100-STRONG MOB OF YOUTHS IN ORGANISED SECTARIAN FIGHT
One innocent Protestant teenager, who was out walking with his mother at the time , had to be treated in hospital after he was attacked by Catholic youths.
The 15-year-old boy sustained an injury to his nose when he was set upon on the Limavady Road.
Local DUP MLA Gary Middleton said the attack on the innocent bystanding teenager was “sectarian”.
Tonight, police have deployed extra patrols to the area tonight to prevent further public disorder at the Monster Hallowe’en Funfair at Ebrington Square.
Police said they received reports of an altercation between groups of young people around 8.10 pm last night.
A PSNI spokesman said: “Police attended the scene and a number of groups who were in the area dispersed.
“Police will be conducting follow-up enquires into the incidents of last night and, where there is evidence of criminal offences being committed, there will be consequences for those involved.
“We will be increasing patrols and our visible presence in the area and will have a number of pieces of evidence gathering equipment at their disposal such as body worn cameras and CCTV recording,” the spokesperson said, adding:
“It’s not about spoiling fun, this is about keeping people safe.
“Please consider the consequences if you’re arrested and end up with a criminal conviction.
“A conviction can damage opportunities to travel, study and get the job you want.
“Parents and Guardians please have this discussion with your children and help them understand the possible consequences of poor decision making.”