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Video captures brutal daylight assault in Dungannon

Politicians condemn attack after footage emerges of two men stamping on victim's head

By Cate McCurry

A savage daylight attack by two men in a Co Tyrone town has been branded a disgrace.

A 40-second clip of the assault in Dungannon shows two assailants attacking a man on the ground, with one of them stamping on his head.

The video has been viewed more than 38,000 times since it was posted on the internet on Sunday afternoon.

The recording was made at around 8pm on Saturday close to a number of popular bars in Irish Street in the town.

A number of police officers can be seen approaching the men as they run off in a different direction.

The injured man then leaves the scene. His condition remains unknown.

A PSNI spokesman said police attended the scene after receiving a report of a group of people fighting in the area.

"Police patrolled the area and spoke with a number of persons," the spokesman added.

"There were no arrests and no complaints made during the incident."

Sinn Fein councillor for Dungannon, Dominic Molloy, condemned the attack and described the video as "shocking".

"The fact that the incident took place in broad daylight in a main part of the street, which is very close to the Sinn Fein office, is a concern," he said.

"The police seem to chase the gang up the Shamble Lane and then they detract from it, which I found strange as to why they would stop when they have someone in their grasp almost.

"It's disgraceful that anyone walking along that street could have been caught up in a situation like that - not of their making - and find themselves not only in an uncomfortable situation but in danger.

"Nowadays, with knife culture, it can develop very quickly and these situations can get out of control.

"We would be calling on people with influence within the Portuguese and East Timorese communities to speak to the people involved who may think it's okay to do that.

"The police also have to have a visible presence on the streets and monitor the situation so it doesn't get out of control.

"Hopefully, the video can be used to catch the perpetrators who attacked the man. It would have been fairly busy because it was Saturday night and close to a few bars."

Dungannon SDLP councillor Denise Mullen said she had been made aware of the video of the incident, which she described as "very concerning".

"For this to happen in a public place while it is still light is very concerning", councillor Mullen told the Belfast Telegraph.

"This is a very dangerous piece of footage, and I would like to know what the police are doing about it.

"I was made aware of another incident which I understand took place recently in Railway Park, and, again, this is very concerning."

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