Paramilitary attack gang branded ‘thugs’

Punishment beatings (File picture).
Punishment beatings (File picture).

Those who carried out attack on a paramilitary-style assault in Galliagh yesterday have been branded thugs.

Police have asked for the public’s help to catch those who carried out the attack in the early hours of Thursday.

PSNI Superintendent Mark McEwan said: “Shortly before 4 am, police received a report that a man aged 24 had been assaulted by four others at Altcar Park.

“ It is alleged that one of the men had a handgun.

“They left the scene in a small silver car.”

SDLP Councillor Brian Tierney has condemned those behind the attack.

Colr. Tierney said: “My thoughts are with the young man who was assaulted in the early hours of this morning. It must have been a very traumatic experience and one that no-one in this community should have to experience.

“There is no room in Galliagh or in Derry for this kind of thuggish behaviour. I am particularly concerned about the allegation that one of the assailants had a gun.

“If this is the case, then it is a significant cause for concern and those responsible need to be caught before someone is seriously injured.”

“I would appeal to anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the area last night to get in touch with the police as soon as possible.”

Police said their enquiries are continuing, and officers at Strand Road have appealed for assistance in identifying the culprits. Information can be given on the 101 non-emergency number or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.