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Stab attack mars 'good relations' event

By Clare Weir

A Polish man was today stable in hospital after being stabbed while trying to stop a fight at a council-sponsored good relations event for foreign nationals.

Two men were stabbed when the Dungiven event, sponsored by Limavady Borough Council, descended into chaos at the weekend - and gatecrashers from another part of Co Londonderry were today being blamed. One Polish man in his mid 20s was today still being treated at Altnagelvin Hospital following the fracas close to John T's pub on Main Street.

Eyewitnesses reported that he was badly cut.

Another man was also injured, though less seriously.

Today a local councillor said that the injured man was " in no way an agitator" and that the event was disrupted by a group of Romanians and Latvians who arrived from another Co Derry town, which was not part of the borough.

Police say the attacks occurred during a disturbance involving up to 30 people at the bar in Main Street at about 2am on Sunday morning.

A second man, also in his mid-20s, sustained stab wounds to his thigh and cuts to his back.

Anne Brolly, a Sinn Fein councillor for Dungiven, said that what had been a good-natured evening turned sour after the arrival of another group from outside the town.

"This was a community event for ethnic minorities which is one of a number organised with support from Limavady Borough Council," she said.

"They are attended by mostly Poles and they normally go very well. What happened at the weekend was that Romanian and Latvian nationals from Maghera turned up with no warning.

"It did appear to be premeditated."

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