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Teenager (16) suffers serious facial injuries following assault after Belfast concert

Police have appealed for information after a teenage boy suffers serious facial injuries following assault after Belfast concert
Marie Louise McConville

A TEENAGE boy may permanently lose the sight in one eye after he was assaulted following a concert in Belfast.

The 16-year-old, from Dundalk, Co Louth, suffered serious facial injuries including a shattered cheekbone, dislocated nose and a tear to the back of one eye.

He is understood to have been attacked at around midnight on Saturday as he and his girlfriend were walking to catch their bus home from Boucher Road playing fields.

Dutch DJ Tiesto and Clean Bandit were among acts who performed at Vital 2017 on Saturday night.

Detective Inspector Richard Thornton said: "We would like to talk to a white male in his late teens who was seen standing on the steps of a white bus, wearing denim shorts and no top.

"He is described as having short dark hair, of average build and height and had a northern Irish accent.

"It is reported that following a verbal exchange, this male kicked and punched the 16-year-old in the face, before another four men got out of the bus and became involved in the assault."

He added: "We are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this incident, which we believed happened after the concert around midnight, as this young man and his girlfriend were making their way to the Boucher Road to board their bus home".

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