Police are following a number of lines of enquiry following the attack on a house in Hollybank Drive, in the Monkstown area of Newtownabbey.
Five Romanian men were assaulted on Sunday night in what police described as a ‘hate crime.’
One of the victims was stabbed and had his shoulder broken while the others sustained only minor injuries.
District Commander Superintendent Sue Steen said the investigation is progressing and detectives are following a number of positive lines of enquiry.
And she’s appealing for witnesses to come forward.
“It is understandable that this incident has caused concern within the local community and I would reiterate our appeal for anyone with information to come forward,” she said.
The District Commander also condemned the attack.
“I would reiterate that there can be no justification for this vicious attack or the extensive damage caused to the house. The actions of those responsible are not reflective of the wider community who have been vocal in their support for the victims,” she said.
The District Commander said contrary to some media reports, there is no evidence to suggest a gun was used.
Five men were beaten with baseball bats on Sunday night in what police are treating as a hate crime. The attack on the Romanian men happened at a house in Hollybank Drive in Monkstown, Newtownabbey at around 8.20pm.
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“The detectives working on this investigation are following a number of lines of enquiry but are still keen to hear from anyone who has information that could assist in identifying those involved.
“It is not acceptable for anyone to be physically attacked or threatened in their home so if you do know anything that could help please ring us on 101 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is completely anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime, in this case one motivated purely by hate,” she added.