Five people were taken to hospital after several paramilitary-style assaults in Derry last night, police in the city have revealed.

“Shortly before 10:55pm, it was reported an altercation occurred outside a house in the Clon Dara area involving number of people in which it is believed both baseball bats and iron bars were used.

A man in his 40s received injuries to his body during the incident while man in his 30s received injuries to his face and body and a man in his 20s received injuries to his legs and body.

All three men were taken to Altnagevlin Hospital for their injuries which are not believed to be life threatening.

Around the same time, a 17 year old was taken taken to hospital following an assault in a field in the Iniscarn Road area by a group of masked men.

He was treated in hospital for injuries to his legs which are not believed to be life threatening. It is believed that a crowbar was used during the incident.

Shortly before 12.20am, a 16 year old male presented to hospital with injuries to his legs believed to have occurred at the earlier incident at Iniscarn Road.

Appealing for information, PSNI Detective Inspector Michael Winters said: “Nothing gives these people the right to violate the human rights of people and their actions should be condemned by all. 

"Those who are involved in paramilitary style attacks do not represent the interests of any community nor contribute anything to it.

"They do it to try and exert influence or gain control in communities.

“Attacks of this nature are reckless and involve a high and sustained level of violence. Many of those carrying out these attacks are steeped in the very criminality they claim they are trying to stop."

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