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Alliance Party offices attacked for second night: Paint damage follows petrol bombing

Alliance Party offices in east Belfast have been attacked for the second night in a row.

Paint damage was caused to the Newtownards Road office during an attack at around 4am in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The remains of a burnt out petrol bomb were also found at the front of the building.

It comes just hours after a gang who threw seven petrol bombs at the offices were caught on security camera during an attack.

It has been blamed on the UVF.

The lethal devices were thrown on Tuesday evening in an incident described by the party's East Belfast MP Naomi Long as "another attack on democracy".

There was scathing criticism from Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness of unionist leaders and police in the wake of the attack.

Those responsible smashed windows before throwing the petrol bombs in an effort to raze the building. The office was open as usual yesterday morning with the party saying it has no plans to relocate from the area.

Police said at least four people were involved, and are studying CCTV images in an effort to identify them.

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