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Boy (14) bundled into car and beaten by gang

A 14-year-old boy was abducted and beaten in Newtownabbey in what police have described as "a very disturbing incident" which left the victim with extensive bruising to his face, head and body.

The teenager was bundled into a car as he walked on O'Neill Road in Newtownabbey shortly after 9pm on Saturday August 4.

PSNI Detective Sergeant Lyttle said three men approached the boy and pushed him into the back of a black car and assaulted him. The car was driven the short distance to Camross Park in Rathcoole estate "where he was let out of the car and further assaulted by the men", DS Lyttle said.

One of the men is described as being around six feet one inch tall, of medium build "with a deep, broad Belfast accent" and wearing a light blue short sleeved top and dark jeans.

"The boy, who was left badly shaken after the incident, suffered extensive bruising to his face, head and body,” DS Lyttle added.

“This was a very disturbing incident for the child, his family and his friends, and our enquiries into the matter are ongoing."

The senior officer asked that anyone who witnessed the incidents at O’Neill Road or Camross Park or anyone with information contact detectives in Antrim on 101 quoting reference number 1415 04/08/18. Information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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