Teenager badly beaten up in sectarian assault

Teenager badly beaten up in sectarian assault

A 15-YEAR-OLD BOY was attacked by a group of up to 30 youths this weekend.

The teenager was cornered by a group of approximately 30 minors asking of what religious belief he was at 10.10pm on Saturday.

The 15-year-old was on the Rossdowney Road in the Waterside area of Londonderry before the attack happened.

The group discovered the victim was a Catholic and proceeded to beat him, with up to four people kicking and punching him in the head and ripping the shirt off his body before he managed to get away.

A motorist, driving a white 4x4 vehicle, is said to have involved themselves in the attack and brought the victim home.

The boy at the centre of the attack was so badly injured he was brought to hospital where he received treatment for a chipped tooth, bruising to multiple parts of the body and grazes on both his arms and legs.

According to Belfast Telegraph , inspector William Calderwood of the PSNI said they had a visual description of one of the culprits: "One of the males in the group, described as being at least 5ft 6ins with brown hair and a blonde fringe, aged 16 or 17 and wearing glasses, stopped and spoke to the boy.

He added: "It was reported that this male then called over three other youths who were with him and the 15-year-old boy was assaulted."

Inspector Calderwood appealed to the driver who aided the boy at the time to get in touch with the PSNI to help their investigation: "This was a vicious attack which is being treated as a sectarian assault at this time. I would appeal to the man who stopped his vehicle and drove the victim home to get in touch."