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Watch: Man attacks bus lane monitoring vehicle in west Belfast

A West Belfast MLA has condemned an attack on a Department of Infrastructure (DoI) worker in west Belfast on Tuesday.

Sinn Fein MLA Fra McCann said a woman was "grabbed by the throat" during the attack on the Falls Road yesterday.

Footage obtained by the Belfast Telegraph (above) shows a man jumping on a DoI vehicle used to monitor bus lanes before fighting in the street with another man.

“This is the second such attack in weeks where a person has been attacked whilst carrying out a days work," Mr McCann said.

“This should be condemned by everyone and the fact that it was carried out in broad daylight again highlights the difficulties faced by this community in the battle against criminal behaviour.

“The people who carry out these attacks do not speak for the west Belfast community and they need to stop immediately.”

Police confirmed they are investigating a report of criminal damage and assault following the incident.

"It was reported that damage was caused to the bonnet, roof and windscreen of a car, and a man and woman assaulted, by an unknown male at around 4pm. Efforts are ongoing to identify the male involved," a PSNI spokesperson said.

"Officers would ask anyone who witnessed this incident or who has any information which could assist with their enquiries to contact police at Woodbourne on 101 quoting reference number 838 17/04/18.

"Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime."

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