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Schoolboy assault video shared on Snapchat

The PSNI have appealed for information after a video showing a boy being assaulted in Portadown was shared on Snapchat

POLICE have appealed for information after a video of an assault on a young boy in Co Armagh was shared on social media.

The PSNI said they received a report of a male in school unifrom being assaulted by another male.

Inspector Leslie Badger said: “Our officers are working hard to identify those involved and we believe this assault occurred in the Portadown area in recent days."

Writing on PSNI Craigavon's Facebook page, a spokesperson said the video had been shared on Snapchat and that "someone had the foresight to screen record, meaning it wasn't lost."

The police said: "If you see something illegal on Snapchat, that's the best way of gathering actual usable evidence.

"I've seen a lot of comments on one thread more concerned about sharing it than reporting it to ourselves which is, frankly, disgusting.

"We're looking into the incident and will update further in due course."

Inspector Leslie Badger said: “Our officers are working hard to identify those involved and we believe this assault occurred in the Portadown area in recent days."

“I am appealing for the injured boy, or anyone who witnessed an assault in the Portadown area in recent days to contact officers in Lurgan on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 233 24/05/18.

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