Man ‘hit in face’ in lorry driver fight

Brave fam­i­lies urge: Don’t let any more bright, shin­ing lights go out

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - BY RYAN SMYTH TRAGIC Pa­tri­cia Fer­rin, who lost sons

CROWDS took to the streets of the cap­i­tal on Satur­day call­ing for ac­tion on sui­cide and men­tal health is­sues in North­ern Ire­land.

Among those tak­ing part in the march was mother Pa­tri­cia Fer­rin from North Belfast, who re­cently lost third son Stephen af­ter he took his own life.

The tragic 31-yearold’s broth­ers Kieran, 24, and Niall, 19, also died by sui­cide.

Men­tal health cam­paigner Philip McTaggart, who lost his son Philip when he took his own life in 2003, helped set up the rally.

He told The Mir­ror: “The rea­son for the march was to cre­ate ur­gency and fo­cus around the is­sue of men­tal health and sui­cide pre­ven­tion.

“We are call­ing on those in po­si­tions of power to set up a ded­i­cated cen­tre for peo­ple need­ing help - and also for fam­i­lies to be given proper sup­port to deal with the sit­u­a­tion they find them­selves in.”

Mr McTaggart was full of praise for the brav­ery of those who turned out to back each other.

He added: “I was de­lighted with the turnout – de­lighted many peo­ple there came out to sup­port those who had lost some­one to sui­cide.

“There were young and old peo­ple there, and politi­cians too.”

And Mr McTaggart said the mes­sage was loud and clear – peo­ple didn’t want any­body to go through the same hell.

He said: “They were say­ing, ‘We don’t want any bright shin­ing lights to go out. We want peo­ple to ful­fil their pur­pose in life be­cause that’s what it’s about.’” A MO­TORIST was al­legedly hit in the face by a truck driver in a bust-up be­tween the two.

Po­lice said the man was al­legedly struck in the face by the driver of an ar­tic­u­lated lorry on the A3 North­way, Co Ar­magh.

Of­fi­cers came across the in­ci­dent at around 3.50pm on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

A po­lice spokesman said: “Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing af­ter the male driver of a car was al­legedly struck in the face by the driver of an ar­tic­u­lated lorry.

“The in­ci­dent hap­pened close to the junc­tion with Charles Street shortly be­fore 4pm.

“A 59-year-old man was sub­se­quently treated in hos­pi­tal for a cut lip.”

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