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Facebook page set up to support Bangor attack victim shut down after 'grief and hate'

By Michael Sheils McNamee

A Facebook page originally set up to support the victim of the Bangor pier attack has been shut down.

On Tuesday night an admin on the United Against Bullying page - originally named in reference to the victim of the attack, before later being changed - announced it was to close down as there was "still too much grief... connected to the page".

Launched after footage of the April 20 attack emerged online, the closed group quickly gathered more than 14,000 members.

In a statement on the page the admin wrote: "We have decided that as a group we are going close the page! Still too much grief... connected to the page! Again could I ask each member to remove themselves so as we can get the page closed down a lot quicker, thank you XXX."

In an earlier statement announcing activity would be suspended, one of the admins said the page's creator had decided to close the page.

The page is unconnected to an online fundraising page setup to support the victim in the wake of the attack.

A page setup through crowdfunding website JustGiving raised more than £3,000, before being shut down.

Speaking to Q Radio, the woman who set up the page said all donors should automatically get their money back, but for legal reasons could not clarify the reason for its closure.

On Tuesday, the High Court prohibited a 16-year-old girl accused of taking part in a sustained attack on another girl from entering the Bangor, Co Down as part of strict bail conditions.

Two other defendants, Cora Campbell, 18, of English Street in Downpatrick, and a 17-year-old boy, are accused of the same offence.

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