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'Vulnerable' Derry teenager cried out for his 'mammy' as he was beaten with iron bars by masked gang

Police are continuing to appeal for the public's help after a 'vulnerable' teenager was attacked with iron bars by a masked gang in the Gartan Square area of Londonderry.

Police said the 15-year-old cried out for his ‘mammy’ whilst the 'serious and malicious assault' was taking place in the early hours of Saturday.

Chief Inspector Ivor Morton said: "The attack was a terrifying ordeal for the vulnerable 15-year-old boy. The young victim sustained a number of broken bones as a result of the assault. He is now recovering from his physical injuries, and I hope that he will also recover from the psychological impact of this incident.

Chief Inspector Morton said "there can be no place in our society for this type of barbarity" and appealed for anyone with information to pass it to the police.

He added: "All right minded people must turn their backs on those responsible for such incidents and do the right thing by giving police any information they have about their activities.

"Anyone who has information that could help with our investigation should contact detectives at Strand Road, using the non-emergency number 101 and quoting reference number 28 of 10/6/17."

"Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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