Teenagers arrested over vicious attack on girl that politician described as 'barbaric'

Teenagers arrested over vicious attack on girl that politician described as 'barbaric'

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.