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Friday, August 12, 2022

Vital hearing equipment damaged on teenager during a confrontation by youths

The cochlear implant of a teenage boy was damaged when he was confronted by a group of youths at the Ballymoney Train Station area of the town over the weekend.

During the incident on Saturday evening, the young teenager was struck by one of the group and it’s reported that the external component of his cochlear implant was stomped on – damaging it – and tossed onto the railway line.

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A cochlear implant is a hearing device that is surgical implanted into individuals with a particular hearing loss condition, also comprising of an external component – normally worn behind the ear – which helps return a modified sense of hearing.

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A spokesperson for the police have said: “At approximately 9.00 pm on Saturday evening (June 19th), Police received a report that a teenage boy had been assaulted at the train station in Ballymoney.

“Enquiries are continuing and police would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident or who saw anything suspicious in the area around 9.00pm, to contact police on 101 quoting reference number CW 2111-19/06/21.”

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