Teenage boy’s jaw broken in knuckleduster attack
A teenage boy was left with a broken jaw after he was attacked by an older teenager wearing a knuckleduster in east Belfast as he cycled home on Sunday.
Police said the 14-year-old and a friend were travelling from the city centre at about 7.20pm when an older male approached them at Middlepath Street. The male, who is believed to be aged 16 or 17 and was wearing a black tracksuit, punched the teenager in the mouth. The victim’s front tooth was knocked out in the attack and he suffered a broken bone in his upper jaw.
Sgt Andrea Campbell of the PSNI said it would not be possible to permanently replace the teenager’s lost tooth until he was 20-years-old. He also suffered a punctured lip and a bloody nose. As the injured boy and his friend left the area they were attacked with stones in the Pitt Park area.
The other boy was uninjured.
Sgt Campbell appealed to anyone “who saw anything that could help with our investigation” to contact the PSNI”. – PA