Belfast PSNI appeal after two men racially attacked by group who had 'flick-type knife'

Ebor Street
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Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault in South Belfast on Sunday. It was reported that sometime between 9.30pm and 10.30pm last night, two men were walking in the Ebor Street area when they were approached by three unknown males.

The group were dressed in dark coloured clothing, and began shouting racial abuse at them. Officers say it was reported that they then began punching and kicking them, before one of them wielded a small flick-type knife.

Inspector Anderson added: "One of the victims sustained an injury to his arm whilst putting his arms up to protect himself. Both victims then managed to run away from the scene.

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"An investigation to establish the circumstances of this incident, which we are treating as a racially-motivated hate crime, is ongoing, and we are appealing for witnesses to contact us.

"The number to call is 101, quoting reference number 58 of 20/05/24. Alternatively, you can submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via

"You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at"

New figures from the PSNI issued last week, show that more than eight hate-motivated incidents or crimes were reported to police every day in the 12 months from March 2023 to 2024.

The figures, published in a report on May 16 by the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, show there were 1,353 racist incidents and 839 racist crimes reported during that time period.

This is the highest figure for race hate incidents since police records began in 2004/05, with almost half of recorded incidents in Belfast.

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