Latvians beaten in Northern Ireland hate crime

Police in Northern Ireland are investigating after two Latvian men were beaten in an incident described as a "hate crime".

According to the Belfast Telegraph newspaper the incident took place shortly before 9pm on April 16 in Coalisland when the two men aged in their thirties were set upon by a group of men.

Police Service of Northern Ireland inspector Neil Beck said: “The victims of this assault are both Latvian nationals and we are treating the incident as a hate crime," the paper reported.

Local Sinn Féin representative Linda Dillon said the Latvian community was "very welcome" and that “Those responsible for this attack are a disgrace."

Latvia's Ambassador to the UK said she welcomed the show of support.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident to come forward.

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