31/08/2004

Man stabbed in Ballycastle

A man has been stabbed following a second night of trouble in Ballycastle.

The victim was assaulted during disturbances in Fairhill Street at about 9pm on Monday however his injuries are not thought to be life threatening. A juvenile was arrested in connection with the incident but has since been released on bail.

Four other people were also arrested following clashes between a gang of youths and police in the North Street area of the town at around 2am. There are no reports of injuries.

Today's arrests follows trouble on Monday when two people were arrested and charged with disorderly behaviour, assaulting police and resisting arrest. One of the men was further charged with possession of a class C drug.

Police used CS spray as violence erupted just hours before the beginning of the annual Auld Lammas Fair, one of Ireland's oldest traditional country fairs.

The incident has been referred to the Police Ombudsman.

(MB)

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