Paramilitary attacks ‘have no place’ in community - Sinn Fein

Sinn Fein councillor, Kevin Campbell.
Sinn Fein councillor, Kevin Campbell.

There is no place for punishment-style attacks in society, Sinn Fein have warned after a man was battered with iron bars overnight.

Speaking after the attack in the Ballymagowan Avenue at 12.03am today, Sinn Féin Councillor for the Creggan area Kevin Campbell said: “There is no place whatsoever for these attacks in the Creggan community.

“It’s also very worrying that later in the evening wheelie bins were placed against the property and set on fire causing damage to the building.

“There are clearly other ways to deal with the issues affecting us all, both with the community and with the PSNI. I would urge anyone who has any information on this attack to bring it to the police.”

Police in Derry have earlier this morning appealed for information after a man was battered with iron bars and wheelie bins stacked against his house and set alight this morning.

Police said that this morning around five masked men entered the property with iron bars.

A man in his 30s was assaulted and sustained injuries to his head and legs.

He was taken to Altnagelvin Hospital where he is being treated for injuries that are not thought to be life threatening.

Police are also investigating criminal damage to the property where it happened.

Just before 3am police received a report that wheelie bins were placed against the door and set alight, causing considerable damage to the property.

PSNI Chief Inspector Tony Callaghan said: “Police work diligently to find evidence to bring those responsible before the courts.

“Paramilitary-style attacks have a significant impact on local communities and PSNI work alongside local communities to being an end to this unacceptable violence.”

He added: “Those who are involved in paramilitary-style attacks do not represent the interests of any community nor contribute anything to it. Communities have a choice and it is clear that the vast majority of people here have chosen to support police and support law and order.

“Those small groups of individuals who continue to try and terrorise people and commit criminal acts must be isolated from communities.

“I appeal to the community to give us the information we need to bring the persons responsible for these brutal attacks to justice to contact police at Strand Road at 101 or Crimsetoppers on 0800 555111.”