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Attempted rape victim appeals for help

By Dave Whelan

A north Belfast mother who was viciously assaulted and sexually assaulted by a gang of men close to her home has appealed for help in catching her attackers.

Donna Hawkins (52) said that her attackers had tried but had not succeeded in raping her in the Balholm Drive area in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The mother of three said she had felt safe walking home from a family function, with her husband just a few minutes behind.

The gang of three men attacked her from behind leaving her with multiple injuries including a broken nose, broken cheekbones, cuts requiring stitches and numerous bruises.

Speaking to UTV Mrs Hawkins said she is desperate to make sure that other people in the area are safe from those responsible.

"Whoever was attacking me thought they were picking on someone drunk, but that wasn't the case," she said.

"This could be somebody else's daughter next week. I just happened to walk on ahead of my husband and this is what happened to me.

"It's not fair that they should be allowed to roam and attack women, or attack anybody."

Police arrested a 49-year-old man who was later released on bail. Police are continuing their investigation and are urging anyone with any information to contact them at Tennent Street Police Station.

on 0845 600 80000 or via crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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