12/09/2014

Teenager Attacked On Bus In Belfast

A teenager has been attacked on a bus in north Belfast.

Police have described the incident as a sectarian hate crime.

It is understood the victim, 16, was travelling to work when he was approached by four men on the bus in the Woodvale area on Thursday. They punched the teenager repeatedly, only stopping when another passenger intervened.

Chief Inspector Bobby Singleton said: "This was a disgusting attack on a young man who was doing nothing more than trying to get to his work.

"Police are treating this as a sectarian hate crime and will be carrying out a thorough investigation."

The incident happened on the 11A Metro bus which departed Ballysillan Park, travelling towards the Shankill Road at 8.50 on Thursday morning.

Any witnesses, or anyone who has information regarding the incident, is asked to contact police.

(JP/CD)

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