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OAP assaulted after photographing Gerry Adams mural

A 74-year-old man believed to be photographing a new mural hailing Gerry Adams as a peacemaker, has been assaulted.

The mural in the republican Falls Road area of West Belfast depicts the Sinn Fein president beside the words "peacemaker, leader, visionary" and was a response to his arrest.

The new mural depicting Gerry Adams, in the Falls Road area of Belfast. Credit: PA

The photographer suffered cuts and bruises during Sunday's attack, a Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) spokesman said.

"It was reported that a 74-year-old man was taking photographs of murals when he was approached by three unknown males. The males assaulted the man and stole his camera."

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness launched the new mural at the weekend, which sits alongside one commemorating 1981 Maze prison IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands.

Hundreds of political paintings were created around Northern Ireland in republican and loyalist areas during the 30-year conflict.