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Man suffers fractured eye socket in New Year's Day gang attack in Newtownabbey

A 25-year-old man suffered a fractured eye socket after he was kicked and punched in an assault by a gang in Newtownabbey.

It happened outside a licensed premises on the Antrim Road in the early hours of New Year's Day.

It was reported that, between 2.30am and 2.50am, the man was attacked, after leaving the premises, by up to five males.

The victim was punched and kicked during the assault, sustaining a fractured eye socket as well as injuries to his head, hands and body.

He managed to escape and make his way home, from where he was taken to hospital by a relative.

All but one of the attackers were described as clean shaven and all had short hair. One male is believed to have been wearing a coat with a fur hood and another wore glasses.

A PSNI spokesman said: "Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or anyone with information which could assist with the investigation, to contact officers in Newtownabbey on 101 quoting reference number 351 of 01/01/18.

"Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime."

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