ALLIANCE CONDEMN HAMMER ATTACK ON TEEN IN EAST BELFAST

 

Police hunting gang you beat teenager with hammers and baseball bats in east Belfast

Police hunting gang you beat teenager with hammers and baseball bats in east Belfast

THE Alliance Party has called on the community in east Belfast to shop a gang to police for a brutal attack on a teenager.

Detectives investigating after the a teenager was beaten with hammers and his car torched during an attack in east Belfast.

A gang of up to 15 men approached the 19-year-old in the Milltown Road area of Castlereagh shortly after 8pm on Friday.

Police say the mob shouted for him to get out of the car before smashing the vehicle, and then pouring petrol on the car and setting it alight.

A second vehicle close by was also set on fire.

The men then assaulted the teen with hammers and baseball bats before the victim ran away.

He was treated in hospital for injuries to his head and shoulders. They are not believed to be life threatening.

Alliance MLA Anna Lo condemned those who carried out the attack, and urged anyone with information to contact police.

She said: “There is no place on our streets for this type of violence. There could never be any justification for this attack.

“I am very concerned that such a large group of individuals decided to take part in this incident.

“I am shocked that this all happened near a very busy road.”

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to ring detectives on 0845 600 8000.

 

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