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Man issues apology over west Belfast street brawl

A man who claims to be one of the men caught up in a street brawl outside a primary school in west Belfast has issued an apology.

Violence spilled on to the Bell Steel Road in Poleglass on Monday afternoon. Video footage captured the crowd of people involved in a confrontation outside St Kieran's before violence erupted.

One man holding a hurling stick wearing a blue coat is seen fighting a shirtless man wearing shorts.

Two women were later arrested and police have said they are investigating the incident.

The man, who has identified himself as the man in blue, issued his apology to a residents group and said he wanted to say sorry to kids and adults who "witnessed the mayhem".

The man made a series of claims about the events leading up to the violence on Monday, alleging he had been attacked at the weekend.

Police confirmed they had received reports of an assault and attempted hijacking in the are between 1am and 1.30am on Sunday January 15.

The man said he had the hurling stick in the car for protection as he picked his son up from school on Monday following the tension.

He said he now has no job because of the incidents and his son can't sleep at night scared in case their home is attacked.

He said: "I understand people's anger as this happened at a school and again I apologise for that but I felt I had no other choice at the time."

The PSNI said: "Police investigating an incident on the Bell Steel Road on Monday, January 16, arrested a woman aged 22 on suspicion of assault and threats to kill and a woman aged 38 on suspicion of assault.

"Both women were later released on police bail pending further enquiries, which are ongoing."

Police appealed for witnesses to contact Woodbourne on 101 quoting reference 536 16

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