15-strong gang carry out racist attack

Published Wednesday, 23 April 2014
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A man has lost two teeth after he and two others were targeted in a racist attack in east Belfast.

15-strong gang carry out racist attack
The attack happened near Lawnmount Street on Monday. (© UTV)

Two men in their early 20s and a 19-year-old woman, all from Eastern Europe, were assaulted by a gang of around 15 people at waste ground near Lawnmount Street on Monday between 9pm and 9.30pm.

The gang - which included one woman - assaulted the victims with golf clubs leaving them with bruising and cuts, while one man lost two teeth.

Police are treating it as a race hate crime and are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the attack to contact them on the new non-emergency number 101.

© UTV News
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27 Comments
carl Banbridge in Banbridge wrote (241 days ago):
disgusting shame on each community that excepts this as the normal thing to do.
john in belfast wrote (241 days ago):
Another attack in West Belfast last night!
jackie in belfast wrote (241 days ago):
@ Michael in Templepatrick these attacks on foreign nationals are very wrong, but somehow I feel that you are more interested in pinning the blame on the unionist community than you are of condemning the crime. You seem to revel in political point scoring no matter what the story. You say you have many protestant friends but I doubt if they know your true feelings towards their backgrounds from which they come, as you seem to take great pleasure in demonising everything british and unionist, and calling everyone that doesn`t agree with your pro republican views as bigots !
J in Northern Ireland wrote (242 days ago):
Paul Taxi I think you have taken the words out of my mouth. perfectly put. Michael In Templepatrick..... You should be ashamed of yourself coming out with something like that! 3 People attacked and your first thought is "I would love to see some statistics as to where the majority of these racist attacks occur..." that is simply pathetic! I read this news and my first thoughts were "I hope they are OK. I wonder if they have any other friends or family here that they can get help from". Oh but not you. You read the news and thought of political point scoring. "us and themuns". Do you know that indirectly you have completely shown yourself up to be a complete sectarian bigot by making under handed snide comments as to the possibility that most or all racist attacks happen form within the Protestant community. You are such a coward you didn't even have the guts to at least just say exactly what it is you were thinking. You are a complete troglodyte. Pure hatred can be read between the lines of your statement. Dorothy? Of course you can you sad little bigot!
lucylou in belfast wrote (242 days ago):
Michael IN TEMPLEPATRICK===You 'don't want to be 'lumped with people who earned Belfast the accolade 'Race Capitol of Europe'. I am sure many others feel the same and I've no doubt they include residents of East Belfast. I wonder are we also the 'SECTARIAN' capitol of Europe' you know, the type of people who hate whole sections of the population because of religion etc? It's akin to racism, a blind, ignorant, no holds bar hate. I suppose if we look at other areas of the town we could find something in each one that has a higher incident of undesirable behaviour. For example car crime with a high incidence of joy riding means folk in West Belfast pay high insurance premiums. Also, the incidents of cowboys running about shooting off their guns is, if checked may well be one statistic that peaks when we look at West Belfast. A man shot dead last week on the Springfield and now reported today more shots fired at a house in the Whiterock area of West Belfast. 'Punishment' beatings /shootings are still doled out by thugs who are akin to the thugs whom we read about in this article. However, that does not take away the fact that there are many many decent people in both areas. Unfortunately in your posts you can sound quite bitter [a very unattractive trait in anyone] against whole sections of the population. Surely, not wanting to be' lumped' with 'racists,' and sectarianism being every bit as poisonous, you wouldn't want to be lumped with people who are sectarian, would you?
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