Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Hate crimes: Man arrested after two cars damaged in east Belfast

Man arrested after two cars damaged in racist attacks in east Belfast
Man arrested after two cars damaged in racist attacks in east Belfast

A 31-year-old man has been arrested after two cars were damaged during hate crimes in east Belfast.

The first happened at around 10.35pm on Sunday night.

Police dealt with criminal damage caused to a car in the Colvil Street area.

Paint was thrown over the vehicle.

Elsewhere, police dealt with reports of a hate crime in the Park Avenue area - after the front windshield of a car had been smashed with a brick.

One man, aged 31, was arrested over criminal damage and threats to commit criminal damage.

The latest attacks come after homes and cars were damaged and graffiti daubed on walls in east Belfast in a spate of linked hate crimes against Romanians and Slovakians, last month.

A large rise in racist incidents has been recorded across Belfast since a PSNI operation targeting perpetrators began in May.

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