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John O'Dowd set to meet with PSNI over incident where man was hospitalised

Sinn Fein MLA John O'Dowd will meet with the PSNI over an incident in which a young man was hospitalised.

Police were responding to a fight outside a bar on William Street, Lurgan in the early hours of Monday when the incident happened.

Action was taken to break up the "large aggressive crowd", with police using batons, and one man sustaining a head injury.

Mr O'Dowd will be accompanied by councillor Keith Haughian for the meeting on Wednesday.

"We will be meeting the PSNI tomorrow to express the anger and frustration of the local community surrounding the incident in William St in the town," the Sinn Fein MLA said.

"An investigation into the incident is underway and I would encourage anyone with information to bring it forward to the Police Ombudsman's office as a matter urgency," he added.

On the arrest operation, a PSNI spokesperson said: "This involved a large aggressive crowd, batons were used by our officers and a male received a head injury. The male is now conscious and communicative, receiving hospital treatment."

The spokesperson added: "Whilst incidents such as these often receive a surge of online attention and side line commentary, it is important to remember that speculation and short clips of the aftermath of an incident do not show anywhere near the full picture."

Body worn camera footage will be submitted to the Ombudsman as part of the investigation, and anyone who witnessed the incident or who has their own footage is urged to contact the non-emergency number 101, quoting the reference number 8 of 04/06/2018.

Information given will assist any investigation carried out by the Ombudsman and the PSNI.

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