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Father and child hurt in fun fair attack

By David Whelan

A NORTH Belfast father has spoken of his disgust after he and his 10 month old son were injured during an attack at a Belfast ‘fun fair’.

The man (24), who sustained a dislocated shoulder, broken ribs and was examined for concussion and a possible broken jaw, had taken his seven-year-old daughter and 10-month old son to Planet Fun on the Boucher Road where the incident occurred.

Speaking from his North Belfast home the father-of-two said that he did not wish to be identified because of threats issued by the group on his children after the attack.

He said that he approached staff operating a fun ride in the venue after a safety latch protecting his daughter had opened, forcing the girl’s mother to hold her in.

The Northern Ireland Health and Safety Executive have confirmed that they are investigating the incident.

“I was concerned because other children were already getting on for the next ride,” the man said.

“I approached the guy and told him what had happened and without blinking an eye he just told me to f*** off.

“I told him I was going to speak to someone higher and as I turned my back someone pushed me down the metal steps and when I turned around I was punched in the jaw.

“The next thing I knew I was on the floor and there was a group around me kicking me in the ribs and stamping on my head.”

The man also claims that a member of the group deliberately pushed over a pram containing his 10-month-old son, leaving him with a busted vein in his nose and deep cut under his eye.

The family was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital by ambulance and police were called to the scene.

A PSNI spokesperson said: “Police attended a report of an assault at premises at the Boucher Road playing fields in the South Belfast area on Monday 1, September.

“Shortly before 6.50pm, it was reported that a 24-year-old man was assaulted in the area. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment to injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.”

The North Belfast News put the allegations to organisers of the fun fair but a spokesperson on behalf of Planet Fun, said: “We can confirm that an incident took place on Monday night. This is now a police matter and it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

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