TWO TEENAGERS have been arrested following a vicious attack on a 16-year-old girl that was caught on video.
The brutal attack reportedly took place at Bangor seafront in Co. Down on Friday at around 7.30pm.
The disturbing footage of the assault, which was shared on social media, has provoked outrage online.
The two minute-long video shows the victim being very forcibly punched, kicked and having her head repeatedly banged off the ground.
Two girls appear to take turns carrying out the attack, while a male can be heard encouraging the pair, urging the perpetrators to “bust her nose”.
One male is also seen pouring what appears to be a bottle of beer over the victim, who repeatedly pleads with her attackers to stop.
Chief Inspector Gerry McGrath said medical staff were unable to take an X-ray of the victim due to the severity of her injuries.
“She has been treated in hospital but her injuries are so severe that medical staff will not be able to carry out x-rays on her face until next week,” he said.
“We have identified all of the suspects involved, two of whom have been arrested. The others are being actively sought by police.”
A 16-year-old girl arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm has since been released on police bail pending further enquiries.
A 17-year-old male has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with assault, aiding and abetting grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
He is currently in police custody.
UUP MLA Alan Chambers described the assault as ‘murderous’.
“Have just seen a video on FB of a young girl being attacked by a gang of both men and women on Bangor Pier,” he tweeted.
“Disgusting, murderous and barbaric. I would expect robust police action. Unacceptable in any society.
“Why is kicking people on the head not treated as attempted murder?”
Other media users joined in the condemnation.
Shock & alarmed at the vicious, cruel attack on a young girl in the Bangor Seafront area. Anyone with any information should contact the PSNI immediately. It is very worrying how such horrific activity can take place in broad daylight with others watching on!
— Gordon Dunne MLA (@GordonDunneMLA) 22 April 2018
Just saw a video of a young girl being beaten senseless in Bangor by a group of teenage girls as young ‘men’ stand by and encourage it. Pathetic. The fact not 1 person could stand up to their ‘mates’ and say it was wrong is just worrying. Hoping @PoliceServiceNI act on it ASAP
— David Hunter (@davidhunter7) 22 April 2018
That video from Bangor is vile. Those dirtbirds attacking that wee girl are scummy bastards. The men encouraging it and those videoing it are just as bad. They should be easy to identify. The death penalty should be brought back for them. No ifs or buts.
— Gary (@GaryBelfast1888) 22 April 2018
Video I’ve just seen of a wee girl viciously attacking another in Bangor is fucking horrendous. One of the worst I’ve ever seen. Prolonged and utterly sickening. She needs long term jail and the ‘lad’ encouraging it and pouring beer over the victim’s head needs a severe hiding
— Ricky1886 (@fecca81) 22 April 2018
Just saw a video of a young girl in Bangor being savagely beaten by 2 girls egged on by cowardly pieces of shit fellas, and as if the one beating didn't do the damage apparently they got her again..fuck me jails to good for the scum
— Dee kinsella (@mereyou15) 22 April 2018
That video of those "girls" in Bangor laying a beating down on that girl was horrendous. I'd be all for a fair fight but to watch a person pleading them to stop and apologising is just sad and sickening. I won't even get started on those little boys either.
— Scott Loney (@Lonerd) 22 April 2018
Could only watch some of that video of the girl in Bangor! Them girls should be jailed and as for the fellas they need took somewhere themselves and beat senseless! The absolute scum of the earth name and shame them asap! Cowardly bastards
— Kyle (@Kyle1873RFC) 22 April 2018
That video of them girls attacking another girl in Bangor is awful. Sickening and hopefully the people responsible are found ASAP!
— Andrew Shaw (@Andrew_shaw_91) 22 April 2018