Police Investigating Sectarian Attacks On Teenagers In North Belfast

Police have launched an investigation after two teenagers were assaulted in sectarian incidents in Belfast on Saturday night.

Both attacks, which occurred at around 10pm on 23 March, are being treated as hate crimes.

In the first assault, police said a 15-year-old boy was "doing nothing more than making his way home" on the OldPark Road, close to the junction with Rosapenna Street, when he was approached. Two males, both of whom were on bikes, directed sectarian comments toward the victim before assaulting him with metal bars. He was later taken to hospital for treatment.
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The second incident occurred only 15 minutes later, when another 15-year-old male and a friend were making their way home along the Crumlin Road, close to Russell's shop, when they too were approached by two males on push bikes. Again, they were threatened and had sectarian comments directed at them. One of the culprits then punched the 15-year-old under his eye. The victim believes that he was struck with something metal. They struck him again before fleeing.

Police have since issued an appeal for anyone with information on the "disgusting" attack to come forward: "We want to catch these two and we need your help. We need to identify these two individuals who were using the push bikes in this area last night.

"Were you in the area? Can you provide any information about these appalling attacks? If you can, we need to speak to you."

Police can be contacted on non-emergency line 101, quoting incident numbers 1423 and 1442 of 23/03/2019.


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