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Teen girl ‘forced into car and sexually assaulted’ by three men in broad daylight

A full investigation is under way

Longwood Road, Newtownabbey. Credit: Google Maps

Niamh Campbell

Police are appealing for information after a teenage girl was reportedly forced into a car and sexually assaulted outside a Co Antrim shopping centre on Saturday afternoon.

The PSNI said it received a report that at around 2pm, a teenage girl was approached by three men in a dark-coloured vehicle outside a shopping centre in the Longwood Road area of Newtownabbey.

“One of the men exited the car and forced the girl inside the vehicle against her will,” said Detective Sergeant Lyttle.

“While the car made its way towards Belfast, the girl was sexually assaulted.

“The car stopped within the vicinity of the Royal Avenue area and the victim was let out. She then raised the alarm for help.

“A full investigation is under way and we are keen to hear from anyone that could help with our enquiries.

“We would especially like to hear from anyone who noticed or has dash-cam footage of a dark-coloured car, that was travelling along the Shore Road towards York Street and onto Royal Avenue between 2pm and 2.30pm. The car may also have had tinted windows.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101, quoting reference number 1104 of 13/05/23.

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