Man treated in hospital after racially motivated attack
Police are investigating a racially motivated hate crime which left a Lithuanian man in hospital on New Year's Day.
The victim was attacked in the early hours of Sunday in Bedford Street, Belfast.
A PSNI constable said: "Some time between 3.40am and 4.00am a man, aged in his 40s, was assaulted by another man who had stopped to talk to him.
"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 in his early 30s, of slim build and about 5ft 11in tall. He was wearing dark clothing and was armed with a sharp object.
Police appealed for witnesses to contact them.