Two Polish migrants have been injured in a vicious race attack, police have revealed.
They were targeted in Antrim at the weekend, in broad daylight, by up to 10 men.
The men were walking through the Bush Manor area of town at noon on Saturday when they were set upon by between eight and ten men — one armed with a hammer and another with a knife.
One of the men was injured when he was struck several times with the hammer, his friend suffered a puncture wound when attacked with the knife.
The PSNI said a racial motive was being investigated and appealed for anyone who witnessed the attack, or could help identify those responsible, to contact them.
The victim’s injuries were not believed to be life threatening.
Alliance Party leader David Ford hit out at what he branded the thugs who carried out the attack and said people in the town were appalled at the suggestion it may have been racially motivated.
The South Antrim MLA said: “This is a deeply worrying incident. It appears that police are investigating a racist motive as one of their lines of inquiry.
“I hope that the victims recover quickly and want to let them know that people in the town are thinking about them.”