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Boys (15) beaten in Belfast sectarian attacks

Police have appealed for information
Police have appealed for information

Two teenage boys were attacked in two sectarian incidents in Belfast on Saturday night.

In the first incident the 15-year-old was making his way home on the Oldpark Road at around 10pm in the north of the city when two males, both on push bikes, began verbally abusing him with sectarian comments.

They then beat him with metal bars. The victim was taken to hospital for treatment.

In the second incident about 15 minutes later another 15-year-old was walking along the Crumlin Road with a friend when sectarian abuse was hurled at them, again by two males on push bikes.

The victim was punched just under the eye and believes he was hit by something metal as well. Police have linked the incidents.

"Disgusting - isn't it?" said police.

"We want to catch these two and we need your help. We need to identify these two individuals who were using the push bikes in this area last night.

"Were you in the area? Can you provide any information about these appalling attacks? If you can, we need to speak to you.

"Call 101 and quote incident numbers 1423 and 1442 of the 23/03. As always, you can speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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