East Belfast: Baseball bat attack on man 'racist hate crime'

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Six men forced their way into the victim's house in Knock Grove

An attack on a man in east Belfast by a gang armed with baseball bats is being treated as a racially motivated hate crime.

Six men forced their way into the victim's house in Knock Grove at about 18:00 GMT on Sunday.

They assaulted the man, who is in his 30s, with baseball bats, leaving him with bruising to his head and body.

A woman and young child who also live in the house were unharmed, but left badly shaken.

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A smashed window at the house

The gang left the scene on foot following the attack.

Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact them.