Belfast Telegraph

Man treated in hospital after racially motivated attack

Police are investigating a racially motivated hate crime which left a Lithuanian man in hospital on New Year's Day.

The victim was attacked in the early hours of Sunday in Bedford Street, Belfast.

A PSNI constable said: "Some time between 3.40am and 4.00am a man, aged in his 40s, was assaulted by another man who had stopped to talk to him.

"The injured man is a foreign national and this incident is being treated as a racially motivated hate crime.

"The man required hospital treatment for his injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening."

The assailant is described as being in his early 30s, of slim build and about 5ft 11in tall. He was wearing dark clothing and was armed with a sharp object.

Police appealed for witnesses to contact them.

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