Ferguson hits out at those behind sectarian assault

Alliance Councillor Rachael Ferguson has hit out at those behind a sectarian assault in Derry-Londonderry in which a 12-year-old girl was beaten and kicked by a gang.

Foyle Rachael Ferguson

The child was attacked by the group around 5.20pm at Shipquay Place in the city centre, with the victim’s father saying she was kicked, had her hair pulled and was subjected to sectarian abuse. Police have confirmed they are treating the incident as a sectarian hate crime.

“I utterly condemn this vicious assault, which has shocked the local community,” said Councillor Ferguson.

“It must have been terrifying for the young girl who was attacked. My thoughts are with her and I hope she recovers fully and quickly from the experience.

“There is no place for sectarian attitudes in our society, nor such violence as seen in our city. It is particularly disappointing to see it from a group of young people.

“I would urge anyone with information on this attack to contact the police with it immediately.”