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Police probe trouble after Derry v Dundalk game - teen hit with bottle

Published 05/10/2016

Trouble flared outside the Derry City's homeground, the Brandywell.
Trouble flared outside the Derry City's homeground, the Brandywell.

Police are investigating attacks on football fans after a match in Londonderry.

The BBC reports that a young fan was struck in the head with a bottle, although their injuries were described as not serious.

Trouble flared outside the ground after Derry City's loss to Dundalk in the FAI Cup semi-final.

Independent councillor Gary Donnelly told the broadcaster Dundalk fans were cornered by a gang of youths.

He said the 14-year-old was hit with a bottle before locals intervened and the gang ran off.

Mr Donnelly said he would not describe the perpetrators as football supporters and that they were intent on violence regardless of the outcome of the match.

He branded those behind the attacks as "disgraceful".

It was also reported that a bus had its tyres slashed and graffiti sprayed on its windows.

Sinn Fein councillor Patricia Logue added: "This is criminal behaviour by youths who are causing mayhem in our community.

"The people of the Brandywell, the visiting fans, Derry City Football Club, do not want this happening in the area.

"The residents are distraught and extra security will be one of the topics I'll be talking about to the relevant agencies today."

A PSNI spokeswoman said: "Police in Derry are aware of public order issues in the area of the Bogside on Tuesday evening and enquiries into the incident are ongoing."

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