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Man subjected to a "serious assault" with a hammer

Published 21/02/2016

Julie-Anne Corr Johnston
Julie-Anne Corr Johnston

The incident took place on Skegoneill Avenue area of north Belfast

It was reported that at around 6.35pm on Saturday a 20-year-old man was attacked by a gang of up to ten youths on Skegoneill Avenue.

He was knocked to the ground and struck with what is believed to have been a hammer. He sustained a suspected fracture wrist and swelling to his head and face as a result of the attack.

A 17-year-old man was arrested a short time later on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and is currently in custody assisting police with their enquiries.

Detective Inspector Mark McHaffie is appealing for anyone who was in the area of Skegoneill Avenue or Jellicoe Avenue yesterday evening and who witnessed the assault or anyone with any information that can assist with the investigation to contact Detectives in Musgrave Police Station on 101.

Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

PUP councillor Julie-Anne Corr Johnston said her thoughts are with the victim and his family.

"Truly dismayed learning of an incident that occurred on Skegoneil Avenue yesterday evening, when a young man was viciously set upon by an armed mob," she said.

"My thoughts are with the young man and his family. I wish him a speedy recovery."

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