29 April 2006

Disturbances sectarian say police

BBC

The police said they are treating attacks on buildings in a County Derry village as sectarian.

Windows were smashed in a hotel, houses and a car during the trouble at Main Street in Garvagh in the early hours of Saturday.

There are no reports of any injuries. Two men were arrested. One has since been released on police bail.

Sinn Fein councillor Billy Leonard said an asthmatic girl was living in one of the houses which were attacked.

"Purely and simply because they are easy targets, people can come along, damage their car, break their windows, so obviously they are very distressed," Mr Leonard said.

"Can you image that person, who had a serious asthmatic attack in recent months, being wakened up to the sound of breaking glass and shouting thugs?"

Meanwhile, in Derry 25 people were involved in clashes on the Glendermott Road at about 0215 BST. One man was arrested.

The crowd involved in both incidents dispersed when the police arrived.

Police in Derry would like witnesses to contact them.

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