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Latvian men injured in race hate attack outside Northern Ireland bar

Police in Northern Ireland are treating a serious assault on two men outside a bar in Coalisland as a hate crime.

It happened in the Main Street area shortly before 9pm on Sunday April 16. Police said the two men aged in their thirties were set upon by a group of men.

They sustained cuts and bruises as well as possible facial fractures in the attack.

Condemning the attack, Sinn Féin MLA for Mid Ulster Linda Dillon: “The Latvian community, and indeed those from other countries who have chosen to make Coalisland their their home, are an integral part of our community and are very welcome.

“Those responsible for this attack are a disgrace.

“We will not tolerate attacks against anyone due to their nationality, the language they speak or any other reason for that matter. There can be no place whatsoever for racism in our society.

"I would encourage anyone with information on this attack to contact the police."

PSNI inspector Neil Beck said: “The victims of this assault are both Latvian nationals and we are treating the incident as a hate crime. I would urge anyone who was in the Main Street area and who saw what happened to get in touch with police. The number to call is 101, please quote reference 1012 16/04/17.

"If someone would prefer to provide information without leaving their name they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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