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Deep concern over ordeal of Phoebe Clawson

Huge sympathy has been expressed for 16-year-old Phoebe Clawson, who was seriously injured when she was one of two pedestrians struck by a car during disturbances after an Orange parade in north Belfast on Monday night.

A 61-year-old man, who was charged in court with two counts of attempted murder yesterday, is entitled to the presumption of innocence and rightly there can be no further comment on his case until it reaches an outcome.

However, it is appropriate to record the major concern which exists after Phoebe suffered a shattered pelvis and a broken collarbone and ankle when she was trapped under the car close to her Ardoyne home.

Her family members have spoken of their appreciation for the support they have received, and there will be widespread hopes that Phoebe's plans for a career in the Irish Army do not have to be abandoned.

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