Eastern Europeans subjected to race hate attacks in north Belfast
A series of attacks on Eastern Europeans in north Belfast are being treated as linked race hate crimes by police.
The attacks happened in the Hesketh Park area on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.
Shortly before 10.30pm on Friday, two Eastern European men in their 20s were walking in the Glenbryn Road area when a number of men threatened and assaulted them.
It's believed that two of the attackers were armed with a hatchet and a knife.
The two Eastern European men fled the scene and managed to get into a car in the Hesketh Park area and drive off.
The group of males then threw a wheelie bin at a window of a house in Hesketh Park, where the residents are also Eastern European.
The two Eastern European men suffered injuries which are not life threatening. No-one was injured in the house in Hesketh Park.
Another race hate attacked occureed around 3.45pm on Saturday afternoon after police received a report of the same group of males outside another house in the Hesketh Park area where the residents are also Eastern European.
This group were reported to be armed with knives and were making threats. When police attended, the group had left the area.
Appealing for information, Inspector Roy Burnside said: "Enquiries into these incidents are still very much ongoing, however I would ask anyone who knows anything to contact us in Tennent Street Police Station on the non emergency number 101.
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