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14-year-old has teeth knocked out by assailant who may have used knuckle duster

The teen and his friend were riding their bikes home from Belfast city centre when they were attacked.

The incident happened on Middlepath Street in east Belfast.
The incident happened on Middlepath Street in east Belfast.
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POLICE IN EAST Belfast are appealing for witnesses following a serious assault on a teenager in the Newtownards Road area of the city just after 7pm yesterday evening.

The 14-year-old boy and his friend were riding their bikes home from the city centre when they stopped at Middlepath Street and an older teen came towards them.

The third man, described around 16 or 17-years-old and wearing a black tracksuit, punched the 14-year-old in the mouth.

Sergeant Andrea Campbell said: “As a result, the victim’s front tooth was knocked out and he suffered a broken bone in his upper jaw. It will not be possible to permanently replace his lost tooth until he is 20 years old. He also has a punctured lip and a bloody nose.

As the injured boy and his friend left the area, they were also attacked with stones in the Pitt Park area. The teenager was treated in hospital and his doctor has advised that the teen’s injuries are consistent with a ring or knuckle duster having been used by the assailant.  The other boy was uninjured.

The PSNI said that they needed to identify the assailant and appealed for anyone who saw anything that could help with their investigation to make contact.

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