PSNI break up Derry gang attack

16/10/2004 - 10:29:00

Police officers were forced to use CS spray after coming under attack by a gang as they went to the aid of an assault victim earlier today.

Police said the incident happened shortly before 2am when officers intervened to stop an attack on a young man in Waterloo Place, Derry.

As the officers were attempting to withdraw, they were attacked by a crowd of around 100 youths, a police spokeswoman said.

A 16-year-old man was arrested for disorderly behaviour and CCTV footage is being examined in a bid to identify others involved.

Twenty minutes earlier, officers had used CS spray to help quell a riot in the nearby Victoria Market car park.

It was also used to prevent another attack on a young man, who was being assaulted by up to 30 youths.

Meanwhile, at around 2.45am, a man was taken to hospital suffering from a broken nose after being attacked by a youth in his late teens in the Sackville Street area of the city.

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