Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Hate crimes: Windows smashed and man assaulted in separate weekend attacks in Belfast

Windows were smashed during an early morning attack in Deacon Street. Pic Aiden O'Reilly/Pacemaker
Windows were smashed during an early morning attack in Deacon Street. Pic Aiden O'Reilly/Pacemaker

Police are probing two separate hate crime attacks which happened in Belfast over the weekend.

A man was attacked outside a shop on the Lower Newtownards Road on Friday morning.

The victim was set upon by an unknown male at around 10am.

His attacker made off towards Dee Street.

Elsewhere, windows were smashed at the home of a Polish family during an early morning attack in north Belfast.

It happened in the Deacon Street area at around 2am.

There were no reports of any injuries.

It's understood children were inside the house at the time.

SDLP councillor Pat Convery described the incident as a "cruel and reckless attack".

"This needless and wanton attack on the property of a Polish family in the Deacon Street area is utterly unjustifiable," he said.

"This must have been a very frightening experience for the family concerned and I have no doubt the wider community will rally behind them.

"Those behind such a cruel and reckless attack have nothing positive to offer those living in the area."

Police are treating both incidents as hate crimes.

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Latest News

Latest Sport

Latest Showbiz