Belfast Telegraph

Man held in Belfast councillor assault probe

A 25-year-old man has been arrested by police investigating a report of an assault on a Belfast city councillor in east Belfast last month.

Progressive Unionist Party (PUP) representative John Kyle was allegedly attacked while trying to stop youths defecating on a memorial dedicated to his party's late leader, David Ervine.

The incident took place in the Albertbridge Road area at around 8.40am on Remembrance Sunday.

At the time police confirmed they were investigating a report of an assault on a man and a report of attempted criminal damage to a memorial.

The PUP said the incident had been reported as a sectarian hate crime.

David Ervine, a former Ulster Volunteer Force member, led the PUP for five years from 2002 until his death in January 2007 and was a key figure in brokering the loyalist paramilitary ceasefire of 1994.

The 25-year-old man is in police custody.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.

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