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Attacks on two cars were sectarian, says councillor

By Adrian Rutherford

Two cars have been vandalised in suspected separate sectarian attacks in west Belfast in during the early hours of yesterday.

In the first incident, the windscreen of a car belonging to a pensioner was smashed in the Highcairn Drive area. A second car was damaged in the West Circular Road area.

Condemning the incidents, councillor Frank McCoubrey said: "Residents are in no doubt that these were sectarian crimes, part of a pattern of attacks on residents' cars which have occurred on a regular basis over recent months."

Community workers Issac Andrews and Gerald Solinas linked the attacks to the ongoing Ardoyne Fleadh and people cutting through the area on their way back to west Belfast.

Mr McCoubrey said he would raise the latest attacks with the West Belfast District Policing and Community Safety Partnership.

Calling for greater police and community action, he said: "It is disgraceful in this day and age that people should have to endure sectarian attacks due to the hate crimes of bigots," he said.

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