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A PSNI spokesman called for anyone with information on the incident to come forward

A PSNI spokesman called for anyone with information on the incident to come forward

A PSNI spokesman called for anyone with information on the incident to come forward

Police have appealed for witnesses following an assault on a woman in her 60s in west Belfast yesterday afternoon.

A 50-year-old was arrested after the incident, which police said they were treating as a racially motivated hate crime.

A spokesman for the PSNI said that the assault happened on Divis Street at approximately 5.15pm.

It was reported that a man approached the woman and then kicked her to the ground. After knocking her over, he is alleged to have kicked her as she lay on the ground.

The woman was taken to hospital for her injuries.

A short time later a man was arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The suspect was questioned and remained in police custody last night.

A PSNI spokesman called for anyone with information on the incident to come forward.

"Police are treating this incident as a racially motivated hate crime," they said.

"I would appeal to anyone who witnessed this incident or who has information to contact police at Woodbourne police station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1479 01/09/20.

"You can submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/.

"You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org."

Belfast Telegraph