Northern Ireland

'Sectarian' attack on teenagers in Coleraine

Police are treating as sectarian an attack on two teenage girls in Coleraine, it has emerged.

The girls, aged 14 and 17, were assaulted by five males and a female near Greenhall Highway at about 2120 BST on Friday.

Both received facial injuries which are not believed to be serious.

Sinn Fein assembly member Billy Leonard blamed loyalist band members for the assault, which he said was "the lowest of the low".

A police spokesman appealed for information about the incident, in particular the movements of a red mini-bus which was seen in the area at the time.

"It is believed that the mini-bus came from the Garvagh direction along the Dunhill Road towards Coleraine, before travelling back in the direction of Greenmount," he said.