Coleraine man receives facial injuries in 'sectarian' attack

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Image caption A police spokesperson said they are still trying to establish a motive for the attack

An attack on a 43-year-old man in Coleraine on Sunday was sectarian, according to the town's mayor.

The victim received treatment for facial injuries after being attacked at Killowen Street at 02:00 BST on Sunday.

It is understood he was kicked in the head and punched in the face. The police said they were still trying to establish a motive for the attack.

DUP councillor George Duddy claimed the man was singled out because he was wearing a Rangers football top.

"I've been a touch with the victim and his family and this is a disgrace," said Mr Duddy.

'Fatality'

"He got a taxi home and had about 30ft to walk to his front door when he was beaten by another man.

"He has received stitches and has a possible fractured cheekbone.

"He is a very strong Rangers supporter and is a quiet man.

"He was wearing Rangers clothing at the time of the attack."

Mr Duddy said the victim had "some disabilities which leaves him incapable of defending himself".