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PSNI probes race hate attack on Lithuanian

By Michael McHugh

Police are investigating a racially motivated hate crime that left a Lithuanian man in hospital on New Year's Day.

The victim was attacked in the early hours of Sunday in Belfast's Bedford Street.

A PSNI constable said: "Some time between 3.40am and 4am 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.

"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," the PSNI officer added.

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