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Shocking Bangor assault video - MLA brands attack 'murderous and barbaric'

By Jonathan Bell

An MLA has branded as "murderous and barbaric" a sickening assault of a young girl in Bangor which was filmed and shared widely online.

The video was shared on social networks on Sunday. The footage was taken on the Eisenhower Pier in the Co Down seaside town on Friday.

It shows one girl savagely attack another while a baying crowd surround her goading her on. The young woman is pulled by the hair, repeatedly punched and kicked in the face. The attacker also slams the girl's head into the concrete at one point.

Two men can be seen pouring drinks over the woman while shouting abuse in her face despite the girl screaming she can't breathe. She can be heard screaming an apology while she desperately tries to protect her face from the continuous blows.

Off camera one man can he heard telling the attacker to "bust her nose".

A picture of the girl has been circulating on social networks showing her to have multiple cuts and bruises to her face after the incident.

Thousands have watched the video with many condemning the attack and voicing their disgust. The victim has been inundated with messages of support wishing her a full recovery.

There have been two arrests.

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.

"I'll be seeking assurances from the police they are taking robust action to get those responsible in front of a judge as soon as possible.

"They are a danger to society."

DUP MLA Alex Easton added: "I am totally horrified and stunned by this horrific assault on a teenage girl in broad day light at Bangor seafront.

"I total condemn this incident and wish the young girl a speedy recovery.

"I understand that one person has been arrested and that the PSNI are also looking for a second individual in connection with this appalling incident.

"I would also call on anyone with any information to help the PSNI with their enquiries as it is vital that the PSNI are allowed to do their job in catching those responsible so they can be  brought before the courts for their actions."

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