Couple sustain injuries to face and head in ‘potential hate crime’ gang assault - PSNI appeal for information

A man and a woman were taken to hospital after being punched and kicked by a group of youths in Ballymena.

Detectives are appealing for information after the attack which is reported to have happened on Saturday evening (January 2nd).

It was reported that a man and woman walking the area were punched and kicked by a group of youths in the Paradise Avenue area at around 9:50 pm on Saturday.

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The victims were taken to hospital following the assault for treatment of injuries to their face and head.

A 15-year-old male was arrested and released on bail pending further enquiries.

Enquiries are ongoing to identify those involved in this incident, which police are treating as a potential hate crime.

Detectives would ask anyone with information about this incident, or who may be able to help with the investigation to call police on the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference number 1749 – 02/01/21, or to submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/.

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