15-year-old Irish boy cried 'Mammy' as he was beaten with iron bars by gang

The injured boy (Pic PSNI)
The injured boy (Pic PSNI)
Iron bar recovered following assault (Pic PSNI)
Iron bar recovered following assault (Pic PSNI)

A 15-year-old boy cried out for his 'Mammy' as he was beaten by a an iron bar-wielding gang in Derry.

The incident happened in the early hours of Saturday morning in the Gartan Square area of the city. 

The boy suffered a number of broken bones in the attack and is currently being treated in hospital. 

Today the police made an appeal for information following the barbaric attack and released a photo of one of the iron bars recovered. 

Chief Inspector Ivor Morton said: “The attack, carried out by a number of masked assailants armed with iron bars, was a terrifying ordeal for the vulnerable 15 year old boy who was heard to have cried out for his ‘Mammy’ whilst the attack was taking place. The young victim sustained a number of broken bones as a result of the assault. He is now recovering from his physical injuries, and I hope that he will also recover from the psychological impact of this incident. 

 “There can be no place in our society for this type of barbarity. All right minded people must turn their backs on those responsible for such incidents and do the right thing by giving police any information they have about their activities.

“Anyone who has information that could help with our investigation should contact detectives at Strand Road, using the non-emergency number 101 and quoting reference number 28 of 10/6/17.

“Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”