Mathison shocked by rape incident

Alliance Newtownards Councillor Nick Mathison has said he is shocked after an alleged rape in the town.

A woman reported she was attacked in the Londonderry Park area of the Portaferry Road around 6.25am today (Sunday). Police said the woman reported she had been assaulted by a number of men in the area a short time earlier. Three men – aged 18, 19 and 28 – have been arrested on suspicion of rape and remain in police custody.

“I am shocked and appalled by this incident and my thoughts are with the victim at this difficult time,” said Councillor Mathison.

“Attacks such as these send shockwaves through the local community. It is disturbing such an incident could take place in our town. We must ensure the streets are safe for all.

“I urge anyone with information on this incident to contact police with it immediately.”