Hundreds gather in Bangor to show support for teenager injured in 'horrific' attack
Hundreds of people gathered in Bangor, Co Down on Monday evening to show their support for a 16-year-old girl who was attacked in the town on Friday.
Organiser of the event David Chapman told the BBC that the group gathered to let the victim know they were not alone.
"We want the victim of Friday's attack to know that everyone in Bangor stands in solidarity with them.
"We're showing support for her and that she doesn't need to feel isolated in her house or anything, when she feels more comfortable she can a normal life in Bangor.
Local DUP councillor Alistair Cathcart said he was glad the event had a good turnout.
"Heartening to see so many people turn out tonight in Bangor in support of the young victim of Friday’s horrific attack," he said.
"This is reflective of the community in Bangor that I know not the images shared so widely on social media at the weekend."
Three teenagers were remanded in custody on Monday charged with the "vicious and prolonged" assault which was filmed and then posted on social media.
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Cora Campbell (18), from English Street, Downpatrick, a 17-year-old male and 16-year-old girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before a judge at Downpatrick Magistrates' Court.
All three were charged with grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent.
The 17-year-old was further charged with aiding and abetting grievous bodily harm, and assault.
Police warned against vigilante justice "with fists or feet, with baseball bats or down the barrel of a gun".
North Down UUP MLA Alan Chambers branded the attack "disgusting, murderous and barbaric".
"It is shocking," he told the Belfast Telegraph
"I have never seen anything like it. It is just incredible to think this kind of thing is happening with people actually filming it and no one thinking of intervening.
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