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Derry: Woman slit across face in sickening hate crime

By Eamonn MacDermott

A young woman is waiting to find out if she will be scarred after being left with a large wound in what police have described as "a sectarian hate crime".

The woman was savagely attacked as she walked in the Waterside area of Londonderry on Sunday night.

The woman in her 20s, who has not been identified, was slashed across the face with some sort of blade by another woman after she was confronted by four people in a pedestrian subway at around 10.30pm on Easter Sunday in the Duke Street area beside the railway station.

She was taken to hospital for treatment to a large cut to her face but as yet there is no indication if she will be permanently disfigured.

The victim was also bruised from being punched in the face.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after they described the incident as "a hate crime".

The PSNI have said that the victim was walking through the subway tunnel when she was approached by four people, two men and two women, also thought to be in their 20s.

A police spokesman said: "One of the males in the group asked the woman for a cigarette and when she declined he punched her in the face and began shouting sectarian abuse at her.

"A female from the group walked up to the woman and sliced her face with some type of weapon.

"The group then made off.

"The woman was treated in hospital for a large cut and bruising to her face."

It was later confirmed by police that the sectarian abuse reported consisted of anti-Catholic remarks.

The police have issued a description of one of the female attackers who is described as being approximately 20 years old, with long blonde curly hair, wearing a yellow top, denim leggings and fluorescent coloured footwear.

No descriptions of the other three people involved in the vicious attack have yet been released.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the assault or anyone with any information to contact officers at Strand Road Police Station on the non-emergency number 101.

Information can also be passed anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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