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Teenage boy shot with a pellet gun in sectarian hate crime in west Belfast

A teenager was shot with a pellet gun in a sectarian hate crime in west Belfast.

Jamie Bickerstaff (16) was set upon by a number of men at the site of the former Mackies factory on Wednesday night.

At around 10.50pm he was beaten, kicked and shot a number of times with a pellet gun.

He was attacked as he made his way home to the Woodvale area.

He was taken to hospital for treatment for injuries not thought to be life-threatening.

Speaking to the BBC he said:

"About seven people approached me, and asked me where I was from. I said Woodvale, and they said, say it again.

"Then he put a mask over his face and started hitting me, then they all came over.

"Then one pulled out a pellet gun and started shooting me - then they started beating me about the head."

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