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Pizza worker injured as youths hurl masonry at cars in Dungannon

Police are investigating
Brendan Hughes

A PIZZA delivery worker was injured as youths hurled masonry at cars in Co Tyrone.

It happened in the Ballygawley Road area of Dungannon amid a spate of incidents of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage.

Police received reports on Sunday August 9 between 8.30pm and shortly before midnight that youths were throwing masonry and other objects at cars and setting bins on fire.

As a result a man was taken to hospital for treatment of injuries, police said.

Pictures have been circulated online showing a young man with a bloodied face wearing a Domino's Pizza uniform.

A spokesman for the food chain told the Tyrone Courier they were "shocked and appalled" by the "unprovoked attack".

Police appealed for parents and guardians to warn their children of the repercussions of their actions.

An inspector said: "Police are aware of ongoing issues in the area and I want to assure the community we are taking this seriously because we understand the impact it has, not just those directly affected but the whole community.

"This type of behaviour is not only unacceptable, but also extremely irresponsible."

Police urged anyone with information to phone 101, quoting reference 1353 11/05/19, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

It follows an earlier appeal over an attack on Saturday around midnight on a house at nearby Woodburn Crescent, which police are treating as a "racially motivated hate crime".

Masonry and other missiles were thrown at police who attended.

Those involved also started several fires and damage was caused to police vehicles.

A 17-year-old boy was detained on suspicion of criminal damage and later released on bail pending further enquiries.

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