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Man treated in hospital after Belfast race hate assault

A man has been treated in hospital following an assault which police are treating as a racially motivated hate crime.

It happened in the Bedford Street area of Belfast in the early hours of Sunday, January 1.

Sometime between 3.40am and 4am a man in his 40s was assaulted by another man who had stopped to talk to him.

Constable Magee said: "The injured man is a foreign national and this incident is being treated as a racially motivated hate crime. The man required hospital treatment for his injuries which are not believed to be life threatening.

“The assailant is described as being aged in his early 30s, of slim build and is approximately 5ft 11inches tall. He was wearing dark clothing and was armed with a sharp object.

“I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed this assault, or anyone who knows anything about it, to contact Lisburn Road Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1000 of 01/01/17.

"Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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