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Timorese community involved in street fighting in Dungannon

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Timorese community involved in street fighting in Dungannon thumbnailFights in Railway Park and Irish Street last year as reported in the Courier. Now street fights in Dungannon are back again

AS many Mid-Ulster residents basked in the soaring temperatures and glorious sunshine last week, street fighting once again returned to the streets of Dungannon.

The PSNI have confirmed they are aware of "street fighting' in the town centre.

Police believe the fighting, which may be organised, is happening between different groups in Timorese Community and have warned that those involved may be arrested, may go to jail and could face possible deportation.

Speaking to the Courier a spokesperson for the PSNI confirmed that several incidents of street fighting had occurred over the last few days.

"The incidents have been reported to the PSNI and have occurred in a number of parts of the town, including Scotch Street and Railway Road," said the spokesperson.

"Thankfully, there were no injuries reported but no arrests have been made at this time.

"Police are working with the community in an effort to resolve the situation. We will also be increasing patrols in the area as a preventative and reassuring measure."

This is not the first time organised street fighting has taken place in the town. Last August shocking videos emerged online showing what appeared to be organised street fighting taking place in Railway Park and Irish Street.

The videos captured what appeared to be organised brawls in broad daylight while baying crowds of grown men and children watched on.

The vicious nature of these fights can be seen in one of the videos when a man, who has fallen to floor, is rounded on by three other men, one of whom kicked the injured party on the head.

Speaking about the latest incidents, Dungannon based Councillor, Kim Ashton has urged those involved to stop fighting.

"This behaviour is unacceptable on our streets and in our parks. I call upon those that are taking part to stop. I have raised concerns with the PSNI and requested they take action."

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