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‘Gut-wrenching’ Derry attack captured on mobile phone

Images from footage of an attack by youths on another youth in Londonderry city centre early yesterday
Images from footage of an attack by youths on another youth in Londonderry city centre early yesterday
Images from footage of an attack by youths on another youth in Londonderry city centre early yesterday

By Leona O'Neill

Shocking footage has emerged of a vicious attack on a teenager in Londonderry city centre.

The video, shot in Union Place near the Guildhall, shows two male youths brutally attacking another teenage boy up against Derry's walls in the early hours of yesterday morning.

In the footage, a teenage boy is punched by a youth, before another youth joins him in attacking the victim, punching him in the head and face. As the video pans wider, other teenagers are seen scuffling and a young woman is seen lying on the ground outside the Tower Museum.

The footage was posted on Twitter yesterday.

The person who uploaded it commented that it showed "the ugly side which happens every week" in Londonderry.

Foyleside SDLP councillor Shauna Cusack said the footage was shocking.

"To see such brutality and aggression from young people out supposedly to have a good time, was truly gut wrenching," she said.

"I feel not only for the victims but for any family members who had to witness their child or loved one attacked in this way."

"My own nephew suffered an unprovoked attack in the city centre when he was a teenager and the trauma has never left him," she continued. "While I know this is not unique to here, but happening in towns and cities across the north, it is nonetheless upsetting and concerning.

"We want all citizens to feel safe to enjoy the great social scene Derry has to offer and would hope this does not discourage people from coming to here."

Ms Cusack urged people not to resort to violence.

She added: "I have one message to those who see this behaviour as youthful over zealousness or 'what young men do' - remember that one punch can kill and your violent actions could devastate not one, but tens of lives, including your own."

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