Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 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.

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