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Co Armagh teenagers attacked in Trafford Centre car park during Manchester trip

A group of teenage schoolchildren from Northern Ireland faced an "unprovoked" attack while visiting Manchester, police said.

A total of 14 students aged 16 and 17 on a school visit were verbally and physically abused at a car park at the Trafford Centre on Sunday, Greater Manchester Police added. They suffered a range of injuries, none serious, and were taken to hospital for treatment.

The pupils were from Portadown College, Co Armagh.

Inspector Fahar Zaman said: "This was an unprovoked attack on some young people who were visiting our city. It is disappointing that the memories they are left with will be of this brutal attack.

"We are working with the Trafford Centre to gather evidence and we are following some positive lines of enquiry to find those responsible.

"We are treating this incident very seriously and are appealing for anyone who was in the area or may have seen anything to get in touch."

He said at around 9.15pm on Sunday police were called to a car park at the Trafford Centre in Manchester to reports of fighting.

The students had travelled to the city as part of the school's annual trip to attend football matches in Manchester.

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