PSNI OFFICER INJURED IN RACE ATTACK
by David Gordon
Published on 08/10/2006
A police officer was injured when he was called to a suspected race hate attack on Friday night.
The officer was assaulted in Dundonald, near Belfast, when he and colleagues went to Leathan Square where a youths were reported to be causing a disturbance.
When they arrived they discovered two Asian men had been injured in a suspected racist attack.
The officer was then also attacked and taken to hospital, but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
One of the Asian men suffered cuts to his face and the other bruises to his ribs.
One person was arrested after the incidents.
East Belfast councillor Jim Rodgers said: "This is deeply disturbing and worrying and I would condemn it utterly.
"Asian people have the right to live in our society without fear of being attacked by anyone.
"These attacks are on the increase and we need to show better understanding of other people."
Alliance Party councillor Michael Long said racist attacks could not be tolerated.
"I am appalled that two men could be picked upon for an attack just because of the colour of their skin," he said.
"Most people do not want anything to do with the minority that carries out such attacks.
"I welcome the fact the police moved quickly, and would call on anyone who saw anything to pass on any information they have."
Police saw the foreign nationals being attacked, chased one man and arrested him.
The PSNI District Commander in Castlereagh, Superintendent Brian Maguire, said officers sustained cuts and bruises and added all right-thinking people would be disgusted.
"I am happy to say that it is relatively unusual in this area. Any such incident is appalling and should be condemned."
He said the Asian victims should not have been targeted.
"It is a frightening experience for anybody to be confronted and attacked in this manner. Police have made one arrest and we know there was more than one person involved.
"They are part of the local community and they did nothing to deserve this attack."