Woman attacked by man in Creggan area of Derry

A 50-year-old woman has been attacked in the Creggan area of Londonderry.

It happened as she was walking in a laneway between Creggan Heights and Ballymagowan at around 20:40 GMT on Friday.

A man approached her and police said during a struggle she suffered a cut to her nose.

Police said enquiries were at an early stage and a motive had yet to be established. They appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

SDLP Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey condemned the attack which he described as "vicious" and "brutal", and said her injuries were more serious.

"The woman was using a local laneway when she was attacked and has sustained cuts to her face and head," he said.

"This was a terrifying and savage assault that has had a profound impact on the victim and her family.

"This is a laneway often used by local people, and especially children. Those behind the attack are brutal thugs who have no regard for the people they hurt nor for this community."