Northern Ireland

Man beaten with iron bars in racist attack in Belfast

A man has been beaten with iron bars by a gang in Belfast in what police are saying was a racially-motivated attack.

The victim was walking in the Florenceville Drive area off the Ormeau Road at about midday on Saturday when he was attacked by three men in their 20s.

Two of the men struck him repeatedly with iron bars and the third cut his arm with a knife.

The man was later treated in hospital for cuts and bruising.

Police said the first attacker was described as being 6ft tall, of medium build with short ginger hair.

He was wearing a blue hooded top, black tracksuit bottoms and white trainers and was carrying a black handled knife.

The second man was described as being 6ft tall, of heavy build with short blond hair and was wearing a black coat and blue jeans.

The third was described as being 6ft tall, of heavy build with short dark hair and was wearing light coloured clothing.