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Northern Ireland teen boy (13) suffers broken jaw in 'savage’ attack

A 13-year-old was left with a broken jaw, facial fractures and cuts to his head after an assault in Glengormley on Sunday night.

The PSNI are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which took place near a licensed premises on the Antrim Road in Glengormley.

Sergeant Adrian Keon said: “On arrival at the scene, a suspect was pointed out to police and a number of officers gave chase and detained him. A second male then assaulted a police officer and a third man became verbally abusive and aggressive towards police. Both were then also detained."

Another man who intervened suffered a fractured jaw and fractured shoulder, Sgt Keon added.

The three men were all arrested: one, aged 36, on suspicion of two counts of grievous bodily harm; the second, a 22-year-old on suspicion of two counts of grievous bodily harm, two counts of assault on police and disorderly behaviour; and the third, aged 21, on suspicion of two counts of grievous bodily harm, five counts of assault on police, resisting police and disorderly behaviour, the PSNI said.

SDLP councillor Noreen McClelland said: "I was shocked and disgusted to hear that a young teenage boy had been so brutally beaten in Glegormley on Sunday night.

"Those responsible for this savage attack broke his jaw, fractured his face and fractured the shoulder of another man who attempted to intervene."

She added: “To attack a young man in such a vicious way is a disgusting criminal act."

Anyone who witnessed the assault or has information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting reference 1371 of 18/6/17, or, to give information anonymously, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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