Man assaulted in homophobic train attack
A 51-YEAR-OLD man was assaulted and was the victim of homophobic abuse on the Enterprise train last Saturday night.
Police say four men assaulted the man and shouted abuse at him as the train travelled between Newry and Portadown. The victim was attacked and had his laptop smashed. He attended a nearby hospital were he received treatment for a broken nose and minor head injuries.
The attackers also took his Nano I pod and two sets of earphones. The incident happened around 10.30pm. The men got off the train in Portadown.
This attack is being treated as a hate crime by poilice.
Police are appealing for anyone with information about the attack or anyone who was travelling on the Enterprise train between Dublin and Belfast on Saturday evening last to contact them at Mahon Road on 0845 600 8000 or the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.
A police spokeswoman said, “Hate crime is unacceptable, no one deserves to experience it and no one deserves to get away with it. To stop it, report it. Do not suffer in silence. Police Minorities Liaison Officer (MLO) are available to offer advice and support to all victims of hate crime. In order to avail of this service please contact your local MLO. Your call will be treated confidentially.”
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