Harte slams ‘thugs’ after attack on two men with baseball bats

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Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
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Sinn Féin Newry Town councillor Valerie Harte has condemned a number of incidents which occurred in the Barcroft Park area over the past weekend. The first two incidents were serious assaults on two young men as they made their way home in the early hours of Sunday morning. Councillor Harte told Newry Times the incidents were ‘very serious’ and ‘worrying’. “These young men were not together with one attack occurring at Kiln Street and the other being carried out at the Glen steps,” Harte explained. “However, both young men have said that they were attacked by a gang of up to five men carrying baseball bats. “This, coupled with the fact that there was not a lot of time between the attacks, leads me to believe the same gang is responsible. This is extremely worrying and unwelcome. “The beatings which these young men received were severe. They were completely unprovoked and have no known motive,” the Sinn Fein Councillor revealed.

Sinn Fein Councillor Valerie Harte branded the attackers as ‘thugs’

“I urge anyone who may have seen these attacks or who has any information to contact the PSNI immediately. Removing these thugs from the streets of Newry must be a priority for the police and I insist that they leave no stone unturned in finding those responsible.” In a separate incident which occurred at 8.30am on Sunday morning a car and van were burnt and damage was caused to another car in Barcroft Park. Councillor Harte has also condemned this attack which she says was ‘not only an attack on the vehicle owners but on the wider Barcroft community’. “Arson attacks like this must stop before someone is seriously hurt or killed,” she added.
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