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Three arrests as boy (13) has jaw broken in Northern Ireland attack

By Eamon Sweeney

A boy aged 13 suffered a broken jaw during a violent fracas that resulted in three arrests.

The PSNI yesterday appealed for information about the assault, which took place on the Antrim Road in Glengormley around 9.15pm on Sunday.

Aside from a broken jaw, the teenager suffered fractures to his face and cuts to his head.

PSNI Sergeant Adrian Keon said: "On arrival at the scene, a suspect was pointed out and a number of officers gave chase and detained him.

"A second man then assaulted a police officer and a third man became verbally aggressive towards police. Both these men were then also detained."

Alliance councillor John Blair said that while the attack was brutal, it was a highly unusual occurrence in the area.

"This took place very close to the town centre and in an area immediately adjacent to long established and well regarded neighbourhoods," he said.

"Residents there are justifiably concerned that this type of attack took place at all. They are very shocked by it."

The PSNI arrested three men aged 21, 22 and 36. All three were later released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Another 36-year-old man who intervened in the disturbance suffered a fractured jaw and a fractured shoulder.

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