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10 men threatened and 1 assaulted in racist attack in south Belfast

A man has been injured in a racially motivated attack at a house in south Belfast
Chloe Murray


A group of 10 men were the victims of a racially motivated hate crime at a house in south Belfast, police have said.

A gang of three men, armed with what is thought to have been a gun and a knife, forced their way into a house in Lawrence Street near Botanic Avenue at around 1am today. They threatened all of the group and assaulted one man. 

The gang were dressed in black and wearing face coverings and police said the victim of the attack required hospital treatment for facial injuries. 

Sinn Féin councillor John Gormley said it had been "quite a violent incident".

"It was very frightening for the people in the house and those who suffered injuries as well."

The councillor for Botanic said windows at the front of the house were smashed and "the front door was broken open".

Detectives are treating this incident as a racially motivated hate crime and are appealing for anyone who was in the Lawrence Street area at around 1am this morning to get in touch by calling 101, quoting reference 103 02/06/21. 

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