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Police probe city hate crime spree

Police are investigating a hate crime spree in Belfast.

Houses and cars were damaged in the series of racist attacks in the east of the city last night.

Paint was thrown at a car in the area of Rosebery Street and all of the windows of the vehicle were smashed.

Racist slogans were also painted on a gable wall at the junction of the Elmdale Street and Bately Street area.

A group of males were reportedly seen running off towards the Ravenscroft area following that incident.

The windows of a house in Chobham Street were smashed and paint thrown at the house.

Racist graffiti was reportedly painted on a gable wall in the area.

Police also received a report of damage to a window at a house in Bloomfield Avenue and damage was also caused to a silver Fiat Punto car parked in Ravenscroft Street.

All the incidents took place some time before 10.50pm last night.

A PSNI spokesman said: "Enquiries are continuing and at this stage police are investigating a link between these incidents and are treating each of them as a hate crime."

Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

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