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Teenager kicked in head during Derry sectarian attack

The boy was assaulted on the Rossdowney Road in Derry 

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy was hospitalised after being attacked by a sectarian gang in Derry at the weekend.

Police said that at around 10.10pm on Saturday night, the boy was walking along Rossdowney Road with a group of friends when they were stopped outside a shop by a group of approximately 30 youths.

One make, described as being at least five-feet six-inches tall with brown hair and a blonde fringe, aged 16 or 17 and wearing glasses, stopped and spoke to the boy. It was reported this male then called over three other youths who were with him and the 15-year-old boy was assaulted.

The victim sustained a number of kicks to his head, face and back and a punch to his face. His shirt was also ripped off him.

The attack ended up on the middle of the road where, at some point, the victim was able to get to his feet and run up the road towards a roundabout.  A member of the public who was driving a white jeep-type vehicle stopped and took the victim home.

The victim subsequently attended hospital where he was treated for his injuries, which included bruising to his back and face, grazes to his arms and legs and a chipped tooth.

Inspector William Calderwood said: “This was a vicious attack, which is being treated as a sectarian assault at this time.

“I am appealing to anyone who was on the Rossdowney Road on Saturday evening between 10.10pm and 10:30pm and witnessed the assault to contact us. I would also ask drivers travelling on the road around the time the assault occurred, and who have a dash can fitted to their vehicle to check their footage.

“I would also appeal to the man who stopped his vehicle and drove the victim home to get in touch.”

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