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Racist attack: Three men assaulted in Belfast hate crime

Three men have been assaulted in a racist attack in east Belfast.

The men - all in their 20s - were set upon at around 3am on the Queen's Bridge on Sunday.

A 22-year-old man arrested on suspicion of assault has now been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

A spokesman said the attack was being treated as a "racially motiivated hate crime".

A report published earlier this month showed only 12 people were successfully convicted for the 14,000 hate crimes reported in Northern Ireland over the last five years.

Last year 982 racist incidents were reported to the PSNI – an average of up to three every day.

That marks a big rise on the year before – there were 750 reports about racist incidents in 2012-13.

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