Boy (14) beaten with knuckledusters and hammer attack in Belfast attack
A 14-year-old boy was left covered in his own blood after a savage attack in Belfast in which he was beaten with knuckledusters and hammers.
It happened in the Deerpark Road and Alliance Avenue area on Friday. The boy had been walking home with a friend when he was set upon by a group of youths.
Police said they had received reports of large numbers of youths coming into the area from outside.
The boy received head injuries and extensive bruising and was taken to hospital.
His mother told the BBC her son was lucky to be alive.
"The blood was all over his head, face and clothes I was in shock," she told Good Morning Ulster.
"They hit him with a hammer and a knuckleduster and the only thing he could do was curl up in a ball to protect himself."
The mother said her son was able to flee the gang during a brief pause in the savage beating when his friend went to get help and a passing motorist helped her son home.
Police are appealing for information and have increased patrols in the area. They said there is a concern in the area of youths organising fights through social media.
They appealed for parents to know where their children are and what they are up to.
Belfast Telegraph Digital