Teen stripped to his underwear and violently assaulted in north Belfast hate crime
A teenager has been stripped to his underwear before being violently assaulted and left covered in blood - in what police are treating as a hate crime in north Belfast.
The male teen was with his three friends when they were approached by two males who told his friends to leave.
He was wearing a black hoody, blue jeans and red shoes.
They pair then brought him to an alleyway in the Castleton Gardens area between 12.30am and 1 am on Sunday August 9.
Police said the suspects stole the teenage boy's bank card and phone and stripped him down to his underwear before violently assaulting him and making off.
The teenager then walked from Castleton Gardens to the Antrim Road covered in blood.
He suffered grazes and bruises to his face and arms and was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital.
Sergeant Caskey said: “Police are treating this as a hate crime and appeal to anyone with information to contact police on the non-emergency number 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”