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Woman slashed across the face by sectarian gang after refusing request for cigarette

Crime DeskBy Shuki Byrne
Slashed: The sickening attack occurred in the subway tunnel in Duke Street in Derry
Slashed: The sickening attack occurred in the subway tunnel in Duke Street in Derry

A woman in her 20s is recovering in hospital following a disturbing attack in Derry city last night.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the sickening assault, which occurred in the subway tunnel in Duke Street at 10.30pm. 

The victim was walking though the tunnel when she was approached by a gang of four people, one of whom asked her for a cigarette. 

When she refused she was punched in the face by one of the males who began shouting sectarian abuse at her. 

A female from the group then walked up to the woman and sliced her face with a sharp weapon. The group - which included two males and two females and are aged in their 20s - then made off.

The woman was brought to hospital and treated for bruising and a large stab wound to her face. 

Police said 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 said are treating this incident as a hate crime. 

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.