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.