A man has been left with serious injuries, including to his face, following a racist attack carried out by a gang of youths in Ballymena.
Six to eight youths - two of them female – started shouting racist abuse at the victim and another man as they left an address in the Dunvale area at about 11.30pm on Saturday.
According to police, the victim challenged the youths.
Some of them then jumped over a fence, pushed him to the ground and punched and kicked him.
The other man tried to intervene and the youths made off.
The victim of the serious assault, aged in his 30s is undergoing treatment in hospital for his injuries.
Some of the youths are said to have been aged 16/17 and one was wearing a white hooded top.
PSNI Sergeant Hewat said: “This was a nasty attack, which is being treated as a hate crime.
“As well as the physical injuries to the victim, both he and the other male have been left badly shaken.
“If you were in the area at the time of the assault and saw what occurred, or if you can help our investigation in any way, please get in touch by calling 101.
“Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”