Man threatened in unprovoked Galliagh attack

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A terrifying incident during which a Galliagh man was threatened by a gang who held a knife to his throat has been described as “horrifying” by a local councillor.

The incident was reported to police on Thursday but took place in the area last Sunday. The victim was walking along Heather Road in Galliagh when five unknown males approached him near a local school school. One male held a knife to the victim’s throat and threatened him. The victim was not injured but was said to be in shock.

The male with the knife is described as being aged in his early twenties, of stocky build and was wearing black shoes, tight blue jeans and a black jacket. The incident has led to a direct appeal to those involved not to carry knives and to be aware of what local SDLP Councillor Jimmy Carr has described as the potentially deadly consequences of their actions.

Mr Carr said: “Everybody needs to know of the dangers of knife crime and especially those who think it’s acceptable to arm themselves with potentially life-threatening weapons and walk our streets.

“In this particular incident the victim is said to have been threatened by up to five males. I urge every person who was present to search their conscience and think about the potentially devastating consequences of arming yourself with a knife and walking the streets on innocent members of the public, your own liberty and the affects on your family members.

Police are asking anyone who may have been in the area at the time or has any information to contact them at Strand Road station on 0845 600 8000 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.