A young boxing prodigy has hit back at online accusations after he was confronted by a so-called vigilante group in Newry over the weekend.
Conor Wallace, 21, from the city says he was lured to the Canal Court Hotel by the group, who then posted a live video making accusations against him.
Mr Wallace is set to compete at the Commonwealth Games for Northern Ireland later this year. He has also trained alongside UFC star Conor McGregor in 2016.
However, in response to the group’s video post, Mr Wallace posted his own in which he stated: “To whom it may concern, you may well be aware of the videos circulating on Facebook of me being confronted by a group of men and women at the Canal Court Hotel in Newry after being lured there this morning to train a man who contacted me on Snapchat called Darren O’Neill.
“After I arranged to meet him I arrived at Canal Court to be met by a group of vigilante-style people who made all kinds of accusations against me.
“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.
“I would appreciate all your help and support on this matter and this is all I can say as my legal team is now dealing with this matter. Thank you very much for your help and support.”
A PSNI spokesman confirmed that it was aware of an incident in Newry on Sunday, January 14 and added that “enquiries are ongoing into this matter”.