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Newry boxing champion defends himself against “vigilantes”

A Newry boxing champion has moved to defend himself after footage emerged of him being confronted by “vigilantes” at the Canal Court Hotel in the city on Sunday morning last (14th January).

The group, which consisted of men and women, filmed their encounter with 21 year old Conor Wallace, during which they made a number of allegations against the middleweight boxer, streaming it live on Facebook where it was viewed by thousands.  The live video ends when police arrive on the scene, having been called by the young boxer for assistance.

Later that day, Mr Wallace posted a video on his Facebook page confirming that he had not been arrested but was instead escorted from the area by police for his own safety.

The six-time All-Ireland champion, who is due to box in the Commonwealth Games in Australia in April, claimed he was lured to the Canal Court Hotel to train a man who had contacted him on Snapchat.

“I was met by a group of vigilante-style people who made all kinds of accusations against me,” he said.

“I would like to make it public that I have not been arrested nor charged with anything.

“The PSNI took me for my own safety, after a member of the public rang the PSNI after he witnessed me being cornered by men wearing knuckle dusters etc.”

Mr Wallace extended his appreciation for the help and support he had received over the matter and said he could not comment on the accusations levied against him by the group as his legal team are now dealing with the incident.

Police have confirmed that no arrests were made in connection to the incident and said that enquiries are ongoing.