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Dundalk teen attacked at Belfast music festival

Police are investigating a vicious assault on a Dundalk teenager at the Belfast Vital festival last weekend in which he suffered serious injuries that may result in permanent vision damage.

The incident occurred on the Boucher Road around midnight on Saturday 26th August when the 16-year-old victim and his girlfriend were making their way to board a bus home following the Tiesto gig.  The teenager sustained a shattered cheekbone, dislocated nose, a rip to the back of one eye and other serious injuries when he was attacked by up to five men.

Police investigating the assault want to speak to a man aged in his late teens, shirtless and wearing denim shorts, who was seen standing on the steps of a white bus prior to the attack.  He is described as having short dark hair, average build and height and a Northern Irish accent.

Commenting, Det Insp Richard Thornton, said: “It is reported that following a verbal exchange, this male kicked and punched the 16-year-old in the face, before another four men got out of the bus and became involved in the assault.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police  on 101, quoting reference number 1262 of 29/8/17 or anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.