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Derry woman who challenged occupants of car posts pictures of injuries she sustained following assault

Saoirse Smith lost two teeth and suffered injuries to her mouth and chin.
Seamus McKinney

A YOUNG woman who was attacked by a group who were driving a car erratically in a built-up area of Derry has posted pictures on social media of the horrific injuries she sustained.

Two youths, aged 17 and 19, and a 20-year-old woman have been arrested in connection with the incident at Clon Daragh in the Skeoge area on Saturday afternoon.

Police said two women and a man were attacked when they challenged a group of people about their driving. One of the women, Saoirse Smith, suffered serious facial injuries including cuts to her mouth and chin. She also lost two front teeth.

With her partner, Hollie Semple, the victim posted pictures of her injuries on her Facebook site yesterday.

Ms Semple wrote: “Both myself and Saoirse Smith have been very reluctant to put this on social media. We’re a private couple and neither of us share anything personal on Facebook but I think things happen in your life that you cannot hide away from or be ashamed.”

SDLP councillor for the area Brian Tierney urged anyone with information to contact police.

Derry woman Saoirse Smith lost two teeth and suffered injuries to her mouth and chin.

“This is a large residential area with lots of young families and children who could have witnessed this attack. This is not reflective of Derry and the people who live here. I send my sympathies to those who were involved and wish them a speedy recovery.”

Sinn Féin councillor Sandra Duffy said both women had acted very bravely in confronting the occupants of the other car.

“It seems a silver car was driving erratically in the area. The two women, who were in another car, stopped the car."

Derry woman Saoirse Smith lost two teeth and suffered injuries to her mouth and chin.

Ms Duffy said there had been a number of incidents in Clon Dara but the area had been quiet in recent months.

PSNI inspector Yvonne McManus said police made three arrests yesterday on suspicion of a number of offences.

The officer appealed to anyone with information to contact police. She said police were particularly keen to speak to anyone with dash-cam or mobile phone footage of the incident.

Derry woman Saoirse Smith lost two teeth and suffered injuries to her mouth and chin.

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