PSNI APPEAL OVER NORTH BELFAST ASSAULT

PSNI Chief Inspector Andy Freeburn appeals for information over an assault and robbery in north Belfast

PSNI Chief Inspector Andy Freeburn appeals for information over an assault and robbery in north Belfast

POLICE in North Belfast are appealing for information following the report of an assault in the Waterworks Park area of Belfast on Monday, July 8.

A teenage boy was attacked while out walking with a man was walking with two females around 10.15 pm.

The 14-year-old was approached by three unknown males, one of which asked for the time.

After taking out his phone out and giving the information, the youth was punched in the face by on of the males who then demanded that he hand over his mobile phone.

Another 14 year old youth was punched by one of the unknown males.

The three males then walked through the park towards the Cliftonville Road exit with the phone.

The attackers are all described as being between 16 – 18 years old, 5′ 7″- 5’9″ tall and having dark, short hair and sunburn.

One of the males was wearing a yellow T-shirt.

Speaking of the incident, Chief Inspector Andrew Freeburn, Area Commander Tennent Street, said: “This was a deplorable act committed against an innocent young man who did nothing but kindly respond to a request for information.

“As mobile phones continue to increase in value, so does their appeal to the opportunistic robber who will seize any chance to take a phone from anyone, especially those who are more vulnerable.

“When considering using your phone in public areas, please bear in mind your surroundings and whey up the risks before making your phone visible to those around you.

“When not in use, always ensure your phone is concealed by storing it away in a pocket or bag.”

Police would ask anyone who witnessed this incident or who has any information to contact Police at Tennent Street on 0845 600 8000.

Or they can pass the information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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