Two teenage boys hospitalised after paramilitary crowbar assault

Assault.
Assault.

Two teenage boys were hospitalised after being beaten by a group of masked males in Derry last night.

The incident at Iniscarn Road is being treated by police at Strand Road as a paramilitary-style assault.

Detective Inspector Michael Winters said: “At around 11pm, it was reported that a 17 year old male was taken to hospital following an assault in a field in the area by a group of masked males.

"The man was treated in hospital for injuries to his legs which are not believed to be life threatening. It is believed that a crowbar was used during the incident."

A further report of injuries was received just after midnight, police said.

“Shortly before 00:20am, it was reported that a 16 year old male received injuries to his legs believed to have occurred at the earlier incident at Iniscarn Road.

"The male was treated at hospital for injuries not believed to be life threatening.

“Enquiries are continuing to establish the circumstances surrounding this incident.

“Nothing gives these people the right to violate the human rights of people and their actions should be condemned by all.

"Those who are involved in paramilitary style attacks do not represent the interests of any community nor contribute anything to it. They do it to try and exert influence or gain control in communities.

“We would appeal to anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the Iniscarn Road area between 10pm and 11pm last night to contact detectives at Strand Road on 101, quoting reference number 2247 29/08/19.

"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," said DI Winters.