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Video captures moment bare-chested thug attacks two women and man at Warrenpoint fast food takeaway

By Cate McCury

Shocking footage has emerged of the moment two young women and a man were punched and kicked by a bare-chested thug in Co Down - the latest in a string of street assaults in Northern Ireland.

Four separate incidents of violence took place in under 24 hours at the weekend, leaving one victim with a suspected bleed to the brain.

The 30-second video, filmed in a fast food takeaway in Warrenpoint, shows how one woman is kicked and pushed to the ground and left lying there during the assault.

A man wearing only a pair of black jeans and boots is seen punching and lunging at those around him in Friar Tucks takeaway on Saturday night.

At one point he appears to square up to a girl before another woman steps in front of her to offer protection.

It appears as though he is ordered to leave, but circles around and attempts to hit the girl as she covers her head. She then falls to the ground.

He then runs out of the restaurant but, as another man follows him out, he appears to kick and push another woman to the floor.

She is still lying on the floor as the thug runs out the door.

The video was shared on Facebook on Tuesday, however it was removed from the site hours later.

In a separate incident, a man who was allegedly kicked in the head in Belfast city centre on Saturday night may have to undergo surgery for a suspected bleed to the brain, a court has heard.

Jonathan Meniece (26), of Tennent Street in the city, is charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm in the incident at Victoria Street.

The following day a 28-year-old woman was slashed in the faced with a knife and left with serious lacerations.

Lisburn Magistrates Court heard yesterday that the young woman had been in a relationship with a female relative of the accused and the attack is being treated as a hate crime because of her sexuality.

Appearing in the dock on Tuesday morning were Simon McDonagh (33) from Carnmore Rise, Enniskillen; James Ward (41) of Lawne Park, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, and his wife Geraldine Ward (42) of the same address.

The three have been accused of causing grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon.

Meanwhile, police are continuing to investigate an unprovoked assault in a Co Down village.

The attack happened on Main Street in Moira in the early hours of Sunday.

A number of people making their way home after a night out were set upon by three men who threw punches.

They also threw cans of beer at the group before making off in the direction of Meeting Street.

The attackers are described as being between 25 and 40.

One has a V-shaped haircut and was wearing a blue and white striped T-shirt.

Another is heavily built and was wearing a brown overcoat. The third was wearing a black coat.

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