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Anger after 'vicious attack' on Romanian men in Co Antrim hate crime

Police are investigating a hate crime after a number of Romanian men were attacked by a gang in Co Antrim.

They have appealed for witnesses following the aggravated burglary in the Hollybank Drive area of Newtownabbey on Sunday night.

It was reported that at around 8.20pm a number of males forced their way into a house in the area and assaulted the occupants with baseball bats.

The five male occupants sustained a number of injuries as a result of the incident. One of the males was taken to hospital for treatment.

It is understood the victims of the attack are originally from Romania.

Detectives are investigating a hate motive for the incident and are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information that can assist with the investigation to contact Detectives in Antrim on 101 quoting reference 965 06/01/19.

Alternatively information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.

SDLP Councillor Noreen McClelland called the incident a "vicious attack" and called for anyone with information to contact police.

“Under no uncertain terms can such a brutal attack be justified. There is no place for violence in our society, and those who are responsible for this assault must face the full force of the law," she said.

Sinn Fein Councillor Michael Goodman said that there can be no place for racism in society.

“I strongly condemn what is believed to be a hate crime against five men who were attacked with baseball bats in Hollybank Drive," he said.

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