UUP condemns suspected sectarian assault in Coleraine

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The UUP has condemned what it believes is the latest in a series of sectarian attacks in Coleraine.

It follows the report of an assault on a 43-year-old man at around 1.45am in the Heights area of the town in Sunday.

It is believed the victim was taken to hospital after suffering facial injuries.

These are not thought to be life threatening.

Coleraine Ulster Unionist councillor Willie McCandless said: “I was shocked to learn that this weekend brought news of yet another assault in the Heights area of Coleraine, the third in just over four weeks.

“There is a very strong suspicion in the local area that these attacks are sectarian in nature, given that all the victims have been from the Protestant community”.

He called on more police resources to be deployed to tackle the problem, adding that he is concerned unless something is done soon “someone will be killed”

The PSNI said: “Enquiries are continuing and Police would appeal to anyone who witnessed the assault or anyone with any information to contact them at Musgrave Police Station on the non-emergency number, 101.

“Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111”.

On the subject of whether it was sectarian or not, he said: “Police are following all lines of enquiry at this stage of the investigation”.