Northern Ireland

North Belfast attack: Teenager assaulted with dog lead chain

Clarendon Pitches, north Belfast
Image caption The assault happened at Clarendon Pitches in north Belfast on Saturday

A teenage boy has been taken to hospital after being assaulted with a dog lead chain at football pitches in north Belfast.

Police said that shortly before midday on Saturday, it was reported that a 17-year-old had been assaulted by a man in his 30s at Clarendon Pitches in the Somerdale Park area.

They said the teenager sustained an injury to his head after being struck with the chain of a dog lead.

Police have appealed for information.

Clarendon Park Playing Fields are run by Belfast City Council.

Sinn Féin Councillor Gerard McCabe called on it "to do more to prevent sectarian attacks on children playing football on council facilities".

However, a police spokesman said a motive for the attack had not yet been identified and added that "all lines of inquiry" were being investigated.

SDLP North Belfast MLA Alban Maginness has also condemned the assault.