The “disturbing” abduction and assault of a 14-year-old boy in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim has caused shock in the area, amid a police investigation.
The teenager was approached by three men while walking in the O’Neill Road area and bundled into the back of a black car.
It happened shortly after 9pm on Saturday, but details have just emerged.
The boy was assaulted inside the vehicle, which was driven a short distance to Camross Park in the Rathcoole estate – where he was let out of the car and assaulted again.
He suffered extensive bruising to his face, head and body and was also left badly shaken.
PSNI Detective Sergeant Lyttle said: “This was a very disturbing incident for the child, his family and his friends, and our enquiries into the matter are ongoing.”
Local SDLP councillor Noreen McClelland also expressed shock over the boy’s ordeal.
“That some people in this society feel that it’s okay to hurt, to lift a young man off the street and to treat him in that manner … It’s just appalling,” she said.
“I would really appeal to anyone who has any information at all, please take that information to the police.”
One of the men responsible for the boy’s abduction and assault has been described as being around 6ft 1ins tall and of medium build, with a deep, broad Belfast accent.
At the time of the incident, he was wearing a light blue short-sleeved top and dark jeans.
DS Lyttle said: "I would ask anyone who witnessed the incidents at O’Neill Road or Camross Park, or anyone who has any information about those responsible, to contact detectives in Antrim on 101.
“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.”