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Four arrested as police investigate Belfast 'hate crime'

Police have said they are treating an incident in Belfast's Lawrence Street on June 2 as a racially motivated hate crime.
Staff Reporter

FOUR men have been arrested by police investigating a racially motivated hate crime in south Belfast.

Three men aged 19, and one male aged 23, were arrested yesterday on suspicion of offences including aggravated burglary with intent to commit unlawful damage, intimidation, common assault, possession of an offensive weapon with intent to cause an indictable offence, and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

The arrests are linked to an incident in the Lawrence Street area of the city on June 2.

The four remained in police custody last night, and a spokesperson said: "We are committed to investigating all hate crimes and will work with partners to support and encourage victims to come forward.

"We know that hate crimes and incidents are significantly under-reported, and a key strand of our approach is about giving victims and witnesses the courage and confidence to come forward. We don't want to see anyone targeted because of their sexuality, race, faith or ability."

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