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Dublin: 15 °C Wednesday 23 July, 2014

Elderly man mugged as he takes photos of the Falls Road murals

The 74-year-old suffered cuts and bruises but is said to be doing fine.

A new mural dedicated to Gerry Adams which was painting following his arrest on Wednesday.
A new mural dedicated to Gerry Adams which was painting following his arrest on Wednesday.
Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A 74-YEAR-OLD man was mugged yesterday evening while taking photographs of the Falls Road murals.

Police in Belfast have started an investigation, hoping to identify the three men involved.

At about 6.30pm, the man was approached by a trio of unknown males. They assaulted him and stole his Canon camera.

The victim suffered some cuts and bruises in the incident.

A new mural, dedicated to Gerry Adams, was painted at the Albert Street junction following his arrest on Wednesday. It praises the Sinn Féin leader, calling him a peacemaker, leader and visionary.

Adams was released from police custody last night after being held for four nights to be questioned about the abduction and murder of Jean McConville in 1972.

When news of his imminent release reached loyalist circles, an impromptu protest was organised for outside Antrim police station.

Adams will return to the election campaign trail tonight with a rally in Belfast for the European candidates.

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