Police are appealing for witnesses and information following an assault on a man on Railway Street in Strabane during the early hours of Sunday, 31st December 2023.

It was reported that a man, aged in his mid-40s, was assaulted by another man at around 2.15am and sustained serious facial injuries.

A Police Service spokesperson said: "This was a nasty assault, during which the victim was punched and kicked. This attack, which is being treated as a racially-motivated hate crime, occurred at a time when we know people had been out socialising. We're urging anyone who witnessed this assault, or who may have recorded what happened on their mobile phone to get in touch with us by calling 101, quoting reference number 159 of 31/12/23.

A report can also be made online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/ or anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.