Gardaí have arrested three teenagers in relation to the alleged assault of a 14-year-old boy in Navan, Co Meath on Monday.
The alleged attack has been classified by Gardaí as an assault with “hate as a motivating factor.”
In a statement released by a spokesman for An Garda Síochána, Gardaí confirmed today's arrest:
“Following this incident, a male juvenile teen attended Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda where he received treatment for serious facial injuries.
“Gardaí have today arrested three male juvenile teens in the Navan area for alleged offences under Section 3 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, 1999. All three are currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at Garda Stations in the Meath Region.
“An Garda Síochána has appointed an FLO and continues to liaise with the victim and the victim’s family.
“An Garda Síochána is aware of a video circulating on social media of this incident and out of respect for the victim in this case we would request that people refrain from sharing this video.”
Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any person with information on the assault to contact Navan Garda Station at 046 9079930, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.