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Teen in hospital after 'gang attack' in Omagh

A teenager is in a serious condition in hospital after an alleged attack by a gang armed with some kind of club or bat in Omagh.

The 18-year-old had to be taken to hospital. Credit: PA

The 18-year-old was walking along Hospital Road, close to the tennis courts, at about 3am on Saturday when a number of males were said to have got out of a black car and carried out the assault.

The victim suffered injuries to his head and body as a result.

UUP councillor Chris Smyth told UTV it was an awful incident which would cause concern in the local community and that he hoped the young man would make a full recovery.

“There are people who have out their heart and soul into trying to make the night-time economy in Omagh a little bit safer,” he added.

“I was actually passing that site – I hear it was about three o’clock the attack happened and I walked passed at about half-two – and it never even crossed my mind that someone could get out of a car with a bat.”

Another 18-year-old was arrested a short time later on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent, but has since been released unconditionally.

PSNI Detective Inspector Brian Foster is appealing for anyone who was in the area and witnessed the assault or a black coloured car to contact police in Omagh on the 101 number.

Anyone with information can also pass it anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Police ‘working to remove’ Billy Wright banner

Police are investigating a banner dedicated to loyalist Billy Wright in the Co Tyrone town of Dungannon.

The banner which claims to be in "proud memory" of Billy Wright. Credit: Pacemaker

The banner, featuring a picture of the former Ulster Volunteer Force member and Loyalist Volunteer Force leader and a quote attributed to him, has been placed on a street light.

The quote reads: “I would look back and say Cappagh was probably our best.”

It is understood to be a claim made by Wright to a newspaper in reference to the 1991 UVF gun attack in Cappagh village in Co Tyrone in which four people were shot dead.

PSNI Chief Inspector Stephen Humphries said: “Police are aware of an offensive sign that has been erected in the Dungannon area and are working with people in the community to have it removed.”

Wright died in December 1997 when he was killed by the INLA while serving time in the Maze Prison.

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