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Man held after Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly injured in face during Belfast assault

By Staff Reporter

Sinn Fein Assembly member Gerry Kelly (63) has suffered injuries to his face after he was the victim of an assault in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter on Saturday night.

A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of common assault.

He was in custody yesterday assisting police with their inquiries.

According to the PSNI, the suspect was arrested following a report of an assault that occurred in Gordon Street in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter at approximately 11.20pm on Saturday.

Police said a man in his 60s received facial injuries.

In a statement issued by Sinn Fein yesterday, the North Belfast MLA said: "I have made a formal complaint to the PSNI after I was assaulted in Belfast city centre last night. One man has been arrested and is being interviewed by the police in connection with the incident."

Last night, Mr Kelly appeared to be bearing up well after his ordeal.

He took to social media to send a message of ressurance to well-wishers that he was on the mend. "Hi ya'll. Yes, I was assaulted last night," he wrote in a message to his more than 28,000 Twitter followers.

"I am OK and a man has been arrested."

"I want to thank all those who were in touch to see how I am," the Assembly member added.

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