Belfast Telegraph

Friday 28 November 2014

Two men arrested over racist hate attacks in east Belfast

Racist graffiti appeared on gable walls near Chobham Street and at a junction of Elmdale Street and Bately Street.
Racist graffiti appeared on gable walls near Chobham Street and at a junction of Elmdale Street and Bately Street.

Two men have been arrested in connection with a series of race hate attacks in east Belfast.

Homes and cars were damaged and graffiti daubed on walls in east Belfast in a spate of linked hate crimes against Romanians and Slovakians, police said.

Two men - aged 20 and 22 - have been arrested in connection with offences.

Investigators said it was too early to say which group was responsible for the trouble on Monday - which included six attacks - but have not ruled out loyalist paramilitary involvement.

Superintendent Mark McEwan said: "These incidents which took place last night were designed to intimidate families within those homes."

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

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