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Teenage girl (15) suffers injuries to her face during Belfast attack: 'I screamed because I saw the blood coming everywhere'

By John Mulgrew

A 15-year-old girl has suffered injuries to her face after an attack in Belfast.

She was set upon by one man after being approached by a gang of youths on the Ballymacarret Road at around 9.30pm on Tuesday.

One of member of the group struck her in the face with a wooden object.

He then made off.

The young victim was treated for cuts and bruises to her face.

Speaking to the BBC, Shannon Thompson said after being attacked she screamed she "saw the blood coming everywhere".

"It happened so fast that I actually just blanked out and didn't even know what happened," she said.

Her mother Roseanne said she believed the attack was sectarian.

"I am sick and tired of it. It's a hate crime," she said.

"I can't get the image off my head, the fact of somebody hitting her like that."

Her attacker is said to be aged around 16, 5' 7" tall, with brown hair. He was wearing a red, white a blue tracksuit at the time.

Alliance MP Naomi Long condemned the attack and called for an end to ongoing violence in the area.

"No-one wants to see this ongoing violence, which does nothing but cause harm to the people and businesses in the area," she said.

"If it continues, it could end up in even worse situations than the one which saw this poor girl attacked."

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