Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Indian families have homes attacked

The homes of two Indian families have been attacked in what police were today treating as hate crimes.

The racist attacks were carried out in Portadown last night - no-one was injured.

They were launched just 48 hours after a multi-agency campaign involving police and government was launched in a bid to cut down the high number of hate crimes being recorded in Northern Ireland.

In the first incident the front windows of a house in Princess Way were smashed while the Indian occupants, a couple and their two children, were inside.

A short time later three windows were smashed in a house around the corner in Princess Gardens. No-one was at home at the time.

A police spokeswoman said: "We are treating both incidents as hate crimes."

Police appealed for anyone who witnessed the attacks or knew anything about them to contact them or to use the confidential telephone.

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