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Alleged sex assaults at Derry music festival

Two women who may have been the victims of sexual assault in separate incidents outside a music festival in Londonderry have been urged to contact police
Two women who may have been the victims of sexual assault in separate incidents outside a music festival in Londonderry have been urged to contact police

By Gillian Halliday

Two women who may have been the victims of sexual assault in separate incidents outside a music festival in Londonderry have been urged to contact police.

The PSNI revealed officers are investigating the alleged incidents, which took place in Ebrington Square in the Waterside during the early hours of Saturday.

A detective from the PSNI Public Protection Branch said both women sought help from staff separately at the music event but left before police could be alerted.

According to police, the women who reported the alleged sexual assaults said they occurred outside the festival venue.

Detective Sergeant Olphert said: "We are appealing to these young women to please get in touch with us.

"We would also encourage any other person who may have information that could be useful to police to make contact with us."

Local UUP councillor Darren Guy described the development as "worrying" and said he was concerned for their welfare.

"This is worrying. Music events are held quite frequently in Ebrington Square and are often attended by over a thousand people," he said.

Anyone with information can contact police on the non-emergency 101 number.

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