Members of the PSNI's Terrorism Investigation Unit have arrested a 21-year-old man in the Creggan area of Derry this morning.

Police say the man was arrested in connection with an ongoing investigation into dissident republican activity including a paramilitary style assault in the city last Friday (June 7).

The PSNI added that the paramilitary style assault refers to an assault on a teenage male found by police lying on a grass verge at the junction of Holyhall Road and Creggan Road.

In a statement about the arrest, Detective Inspector Orr said: “Following searches in the Hollyhall Road area yesterday where a number of items were seized and taken away for forensic examination, a further search was carried out this morning at a property in the Creggan area. A 21-year-old man was subsequently arrested on suspicion of dissident republican activity linked to a paramilitary style assault in the city on Friday, June 7.

“We are committed to tackling all types of violence linked to dissident republican activity. Those responsible for carrying out these type of assaults do not care about their own community - they give no thought to the psychological damage that they cause to people witnessing the attacks.  The reality is that they use fear and violence to exert control over communities for their own selfish gains.

“We will continue to work with communities to reduce the threat posed by those involved in such activity and would ask people to contact police if they have any suspicions about terrorist activity.”

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