Gang attack pensioner (73) on City Walls

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A 73-year-old man has been attacked by a gang of up to a dozen youths in a shocking incident on the City Walls.

SDLP Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey has expressed outrage at the attack which happened last night, branding those involved “a disgrace”.

The elderly pensioner has been left badly shaken and distressed by the ordeal.

Speaking to the ‘Journal’, Mr Ramsey said: “I have been made aware this morning that a 73 year-old gentleman was attacked by up to ten youths last night between the City Walls and the Bingo Hall on Bank Place. This is a totally disgraceful act and those who were involved need to have a long hard look at themselves, assaulting a pensioner in the middle of our city.

“From the information I have, a range of age groups were involved, and I would urge parents to know where their children are during the night. I will also be asking the PSNI to increase their patrols of the Foyle Street/Bank Place area.

“Anyone who witnessed this disgraceful event or who has any information should contact the PSNI at Strand Road. We cannot allow events like this to become a regular occurrence in our city.”

[Further updates to follow on this story this afternoon]