Tuesday, September 27, 2005


Bigots attack two-year-old Tyrone fan

A two-year-old boy was hit in the face with a bottle and a woman squirted with petrol in a series of sectarian attacks on Tyrone fans returning home from their All-Ireland triumph.

Another boy was struck in the face with a brick, while police arrested four men in Cookstown when they moved in to keep rival crowds apart.

The two-year-old was injured in the town’s Hospital Street around 9pm.

He was in a car, which was flying a Tyrone flag, with his mother and grandmother.

After the incident, a car pulled up alongside the family and warned them they would face "more of the same" if they did not take the flag down.

In the same area a woman visiting the town reported that a youth wearing a Glasgow Rangers top and a balaclava jumped in front of her car and pointed a water pistol at her.

A man also reported that petrol had been squirted at his car.

Meanwhile, a boy, aged seven, needed hospital treatment after a bus carrying Tyrone fans was stoned in Co Armagh. A 12-year-old girl was treated for shock.

I think these incidents are diabolical. To rain on the Tyrone fan's parade is utterly shameful.

Imagine how you would feel if you were this boy's parent. After watching your team pull off a famous victory at Croke Park, you witness your son get hit in the face by a bottle courtesy of vicious, sectarian thugs.

I think I speak for all decent nationalists and unionists when I say that the people who did this are scum.


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