Serious assault in Derry

The officer denied driving dangerously but admitted misjudging the other vehicle's speed
The officer denied driving dangerously but admitted misjudging the other vehicle's speed

Police are appealing for information following a serious assault in the Duke Street area of Derry on Easter Sunday night.

It was reported that at around 10.30pm a woman, aged in her 20s, was walking through the subway tunnel in Duke Street beside the railway station when she was approached by four people-two males and two females believed to be in their 20s. One of the males in the group asked the woman for a cigarette and when she declined he punched her in the face and began shouting sectarian abuse at her. A female from the group walked up to the woman and sliced her face with some type of weapon. The group then made off. The woman was treated in hospital for a large cut and bruising to her face.

The female offender is described as being approximately 20 years old, with long blonde curly hair, wearing a yellow top , denim leggings and flourescent coloured footwear.

Police are treating this incident as a hate crime and Constable D Smyth is appealing for anyone who witnessed the assault or anyone with any information to contact officers in Strand Road Police Station on the non-emergency number 101. Information can also be passed anonymously via the Independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.