MAN STABBED IN RACE HATE ATTACK

Detectives are appealing for information following a stabbing incident in north Belfast in the early hours of this morning, Friday, January 14.

Detective Inspector Michael McDonnell said: “Shortly before 1am, officers came across a man collapsed in a vehicle in the Antrim Road area near to the Cliftonville Road junction.

“Colleagues from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service arrived and tended to the victim who had sustained a number of stab wounds to his chest and abdomen.

“The man, who is believed to be aged in his 30s was taken to hospital where he is currently being treated for his injuries.

“Enquiries are continuing and at this stage, the incident is being treated as a racially motivated hate crime.

“I am particularly interested in the movements of a black coloured Audi A4 car bearing English or Scottish registration plates on Thursday 13th January from 11pm to 00:45am Friday 14th January.

“I appeal to anyone who was driving in the North Belfast area between these times last night to check their dash cam footage and contact police.

“At this stage I believe that the stabbing incident may have happened in the Ardoyne or Antrim Road area and are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the attack or who may have any information that could assist with our enquiries, to contact detectives on 101 quoting reference 68 14/01/22.

Alternatively, you can 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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