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Belfast schoolboy's neck slashed in attack by gang of 20 after youth football match

By David Young

Published 29/04/2016

A schoolboy has been slashed on the back of the neck in a gang attack after a youth football match in north Belfast
A schoolboy has been slashed on the back of the neck in a gang attack after a youth football match in north Belfast

A schoolboy has been slashed on the back of the neck in a gang attack after a youth football match in north Belfast.

The 14 year-old was assaulted by a 20-strong mob near Grove Playing Fields on Monday.

PSNI Inspector Roy Watton said: "An altercation occurred in the car park after the game which continued on to Jellicoe Avenue.

"A 14-year-old boy from a local youth football team was injured. The youth received a cut to the rear of his neck, and it is not clear how this was caused.

"There are reports that one of the offenders may have had a Stanley knife and that others were carrying sticks.

"It appears that a group of approximately 20 teenagers arrived in the area who had no connection with the football game and were involved in this fight.

"On arrival of police, this group ran in the direction of Alexandra Park Avenue."

The police spokesman added that the PSNI suspected the appearance of the mob had been organised on social media before the football match.

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