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Belfast homes attacked and racist graffiti daubed

Three Belfast houses were targeted in sectarian and racist 'hate crimes' on Friday night.

A brick was thrown through the window of a home on Crumlin Road in north Belfast, before paint was thrown at another property nearby.

Racist graffiti was also daubed over a house in Donegore Gardens, in the west of the city, overnight.

Police are treating the north Belfast incidents as sectarian.

Sergeant Nick Williams, of the Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Shortly after 11 pm last night a resident in the Crumlin Road area reported that the front window of her home had been smashed by a brick. Just after the incident, a car was heard speeding away

"Within minutes of this incident another resident reported that paint had been thrown at the front of her home, causing substantial damage, again a vehicle was heard speeding off.

"Thankfully no-one was injured in either of these incidents."

Witnesses are asked to contact police at Tennent Street on 101.

North Belfast Councillor John Blair said there was no justification for the attacks.

"We need to see action to combat these types of crimes and that includes the First and deputy First Ministers showing some leadership on this issue and implementing a genuine shared future strategy.

"My thoughts are with those whose homes were attacked. I know the vast majority of people in these areas would condemn these crimes. It is shocking that anybody would seek to carry out such attacks. People should be able to live in their own homes without the fear of being attacked."

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