Jackson slams Sectarian attack on children attending youth club

Sinn Féin Councillor Christopher Jackson has slammed those responsible for a sectarian attack on young people attending a youth club in the Dungiven Road area of the Waterside.

Sinn Féin Waterside Councillor  Christopher Jackson
Sinn Féin Waterside Councillor Christopher Jackson

He was speaking after the attack on young people attending the club on Tuesday night.

Councillor Jackson said

I was contacted by parents who were very angry about this attack on children attending the club. A number were physically assaulted and there were also bottles and bricks thrown during the incident. It’s hard to imagine the fear these children must have being going through. The gang involved in this attack had their faces covered by scarves.

Those responsible need to realise the possible consequences of their actions. At a time when communities in the Waterside are striving to cement peace and encourage reconciliation it would appear that there is a very small minority intent on living in the past. There is no place in our society for this carryon and those involved in these attacks should hang their heads in shame.

We cannot allow a situation that during the hours of darkness parts of the Waterside become no go areas.

I am calling on the PSNI to put in whatever resources are needed to counteract and apprehend those responsible for carrying out these attacks.