Teenage boy’s jaw bro­ken in knuck­le­duster at­tack

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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

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