Three hit by car at Armagh protest

Published Monday, 10 December 2012
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A 17-year-old teenager has been arrested after three people were injured in a hit-and-run during a flag protest in Armagh.

Three hit by car at Armagh protest
The pub on Thomas Street was attacked on Monday night. (© UTV)

A black Renault Megane collided with a number of people in the Newry Road area of the city shortly before 10pm on Monday.

The vehicle then fled the scene.

Three men, who were hit by the car, sustained injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

The teenager was arrested a short time later in the Cavancaw Road area.

He is currently assisting police with their inquiries.

A number of people had been protesting in the area at the time following the decision to restrict the flying of the Union Flag outside Belfast City Hall.

Earlier, the Cuchulainn Bar on Thomas Street had its windows smashed and fireworks were thrown inside at around 9pm.

Local Sinn Féin Councillor Roy McCartney said: "These very easily could have set fire to the bar or injured those inside.

"The protests, intimidation and violence needs to end and Unionist politicians need to be to the fore, using whatever influence they have, in ensuring this happens."

SDLP Armagh Councillor Thomas O'Hanlon appealed for calm in the city following the incidents.

"There was a protest on the main Newry Road at the top of the city mall and it caused much disruption to many local people trying to go about their daily business," Cllr O'Hanlon said.

"The key issue needs to be respect. Everyone needs to remember that."

Police have appealed for witnesses of both incidents to contact them.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
bigmac in belfast wrote (782 days ago):
Trying to burn a bar with people having a drink very peaceful indeed.
green cross code man in belfast wrote (782 days ago):
Brian in Newry wrote (782 days ago):
Unfortunately this young, inexperienced driver will suffer the rest of his life as a consequence of the senseless actions of persons who, with no legal right, took it on themselves to block the "Queen's" highway. Shame on them!
jo in Belfast wrote (782 days ago):
'the key issue needs to be respect' what a joke! Sinn Fein have no respect for the ordinary people of Northern Ireland, otherwise the union flag would have been left alone to fly in its rightful place. They have caused all this trouble just a few weeks before Christmas, how respectful is that?
Liam in Belfast wrote (782 days ago):
If this is the loyalists reaction to the union flag coming down then how are they going to react when an Irish flag goes up on city hall?!
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