Teenager punched, kicked and stamped on in ‘serious assault’

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A teenager was punched in the head, knocked over, kicked in the head and stamped on in what police are describing as a “serious assault” in Newtownards on Friday afternoon.

The incident happened at the Regent Street area of the town.

A police spokesperson said: “It was reported that at around 1.15pm a 19 year old male was walking close to the bus station when he was assaulted by an unknown male who was in the company of a number of other males.

“The victim was punched to the head and pushed over before being kicked and punched to the head and body and had his leg stamped on. The male sustained a number of injuries, including a fracture to his right leg, as a result of the attack.

“The assailant was described as wearing a hooded top with a Nike emblem on the front and the hood pulled up, dark blue jeans with rips in the knees and trainers.”

PSNI Inspector Francey is appealing for anyone who was on Regent Street or in the vicinity of the bus station around the time of the incident and who witnessed the assault or any of the males involved to contact officers in Newtownards on 101 quoting reference 1036 29/03/19. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.