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Man slashed in face during sectarian attack

A man was slashed across the face and stomach with a sharp object in what police are calling a "sectarian hate crime" in Co Antrim.

Police are appealing for information following the assault in the Shore Road area of Newtownabbey on Monday morning.

At around 7:25am, it was reported that a man was approached by a male who slashed him across the face and stomach with a sharp object.

The man received treatment for injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.

The attacker is described as being around 5ft 9' tall, with a slim but muscular build, and aged between 25-30 years old. He was wearing a white/grey hooded top and was cleanly shaven.

"At this stage the incident is being treated as a sectarian hate crime and I would appeal to anyone with any information regarding the assault to contact police in Newtownabbey on 101 quoting reference number 312 6/8/18," Constable Philip Kelly said.

"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.”

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