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Police probing race hate attacks

Police are investigating a number of race hate crimes in north Belfast over the weekend.

On Friday evening two Eastern European men in their 20s were walking in the Glenbryn Road area when several other men threatened and assaulted them, causing non-life threatening injuries.

Detectives said they believed two of the assailants were armed with a hatchet and a knife.

The victims fled and managed to get into a car in the Hesketh Park area and drive off.

The group of men then threw a wheelie bin at a window of a house in Hesketh Park, where the residents are also Eastern European, police said . No one there was injured.

At about 3.45pm on Saturday afternoon, 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. The gang was reported to be armed with knives and were making threats. When police attended, the group had left the area.

Police appealed for anybody with information to contact them.

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