A woman in her 60s has been kicked to the ground in what police are treating as a racist hate crime.

A 50-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm following the incident on Divis Street in Belfast on Tuesday evening.

At around 5.15pm, police received a report that the woman had been assaulted by a man who had come up behind her and kicked her to the ground.

Police said it was reported that the attacker kicked the woman again while she was on the ground.

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment.

The arrested man remained in custody on Tuesday night.

PSNI Sergeant McKinley appealed for witnesses to come forward.

“Police are treating this incident as a racially-motivated hate crime,” said the officer.

By David Young, PA