Northern Ireland

Sinn Fein councillor in Derry is suspended

A Sinn Fein councillor in Londonderry has been suspended from the party following an allegation of assault.

The councillor who has been suspended is Colin Kelly, who is one of the youngest Sinn Fein public representatives in Northern Ireland.

He is in his 20s and represents the cityside ward on Derry City Council.

Derry Sinn Fein chairperson Andrew McCartney confirmed that Mr Kelly had been suspended following allegations of assault by a member of the public.

Mr McCartney said that Councillor Kelly had been suspended - without prejudice - from participation in all party activity pending any investigation.

The BBC tried to contact Councillor Kelly, but he was unavailable for comment.

The police would not say if any complaint has been made to them.