Anti-Islamic race hate graffiti daubed on Belfast restaurant
A takeaway in east Belfast has been daubed with anti-Islamic graffiti which police are investigating as a racially motivated hate crime.
The Turkish Kebab house takeaway on the Beersbridge Road, Belfast was targeted between midnight and 7am on Thursday.
Graffiti was spray painted on the shutters of the premises.
UUP MLA Andy Allen branded the incident "deplorable".
He said: "This incident is clearly a deplorable racist attack on a local business, and I would strongly oppose actions such as these which have absolutely no place in our society.
“The individuals responsible are not representative of the wider community of East Belfast.
"Such actions are not wanted and I would appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area or has any information to contact the PSNI."
Sinn Fein councillor Maireád O'Donnell appealed to anyone with information to contact the PSNI.
She said: "I condemn this hate crime which was motivated by racism.
"Belfast is a vibrant multi-cultural city and there can be no tolerance of any form of racism.
“Everyone has the right to live and work in peace, free from harassment, free from racism, or any form of discriminatory abuse.
"This action is not representative of the wider community of east Belfast.
"I would appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area or has any information to contact the PSNI."
Sergeant Jackson would appeal to anyone who has any information about this incident to contact Police at Strandtown on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 195 29/06/17.
Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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