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Police make second arrest in connection with Harryville assault

Detectives investigating the report of an assault in Ballymena earlier this month have made a second arrest. It was reported to police on 2nd January that a man and woman walking the area were punched and kicked by a group of youths in the Paradise Avenue area at around 9:50pm. The victims were taken to hospital following the assault for treatment of injuries to their face and head. A 15-year-old male has been arrested this morning and is currently in custody assisting police with their enquiries. He is the second person to be arrested in connection with this incident. A 15-year-old male, who was previously arrested, was released on bail pending further enquiries. Enquiries are ongoing in relation to this incident, which police are treating as a potential hate crime. Detectives would ask anyone with information about this incident, or who may be able to help with the investigation to call police on the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference number 1749 of 02/01/21, or to submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at


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