Northern Ireland

Whiterock Leisure Centre football match assault investigated

Whiterock Leisure Centre
Image caption The council said it was investigating what happened at Whiterock Leisure Centre

Police are investigating reports that several children were assaulted at a football match in west Belfast.

It is believed to have happened at Whiterock Leisure Centre on Saturday.

Insp Ian Lockyer said: "Police are investigating this incident and enquiries are ongoing."

DUP councillor Gareth McKee said it was a "disgraceful sectarian attack", while PUP councillor Julie-Anne Corr said "the experience must have been absolutely terrifying".

SDLP councillor Tim Attwood said: "If an investigation reveals that this was indeed a sectarian attack then it must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

"However, I would urge people, and especially elected representatives, to exercise caution in casting judgment on the incident before the authorities have had time to come to a conclusion following a comprehensive investigation."

Belfast City Council said in a statement it was aware of an incident and had begun an investigation.

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