Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Third serious race crime in Belfast in days: Man stabbed in the leg and subjected to abuse during attack

Stabbing comes after gang attack and shooting in city

Two areas of Belfast where hate crimes took place this week
Two areas of Belfast where hate crimes took place this week

A man was stabbed in the leg and subjected to a barrage of racist abuse during the third serious hate crime to hit Belfast days.

Two men set upon a 23-year-old as he walked across a footbridge into Fane Street in south Belfast on Thursday morning.

The pair berated the victim, before one of the attackers began stabbing him in the leg with a knife.

He was taken to hospital for treatment to stab wounds to his right leg.

His attackers are described as both being around 20 years old, one wearing a grey Adidas tracksuit with blue lines.

The second wore a blue raincoat and charcoal coloured tracksuit bottoms.

It comes as nine children escaped injury after a series of shots were fired through the window of a house in Whiterock Gardens on Wednesday night.

The Doherty family say they were targeted simply because they are members of the travelling community.

Elsewhere, three young Polish nationals were savagely attacked by a 15-strong gang in Lawnmount Street on Monday night.

The victims were beaten with golf clubs during the attack, which took place while they were playing football.

One lost two teeth while the others suffered cuts and bruises.

The latest series of attacks comes after the Belfast Telegraph revealed there were two racist incidents every day in Northern Ireland.

Racist attacks have also jumped a shocking 43% in the past year.

Police have appealed for anyone with information about the latest race attack or others to get in contact with them.

Further reading

As local communities become increasingly diverse, a sinister new tribalism takes hold 

Gang of 15 that attacked Polish trio playing football 'needs taken off the streets' 

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