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Police probe race hate motive after thugs attack Monkstown home

By David Young

Published 23/06/2015

The boarded-up windows at the house in Newtownabbey yesterday which was attacked by racists
The boarded-up windows at the house in Newtownabbey yesterday which was attacked by racists

Two people have escaped injury after a house was attacked in what police are treating as a racist hate crime.

The attack happened late on Sunday night in the Cloyne Crescent in Newtownabbey's loyalist Monkstown estate.

A man in his 30s and a woman in her 40s were in the house at the time.

Three windows in the home were smashed during the incident. Police said they were fallowing a racism line of inquiry.

Detective Jim Gurley said: "We are treating this incident as a racially-motivated hate crime and appeal for anyone with information to contact us on 101 or anonymously via the Crimestoppers number, 0800 555 111."

Alliance councillor Tom Campbell has hit out at those behind the incident.

Mr Campbell said: "I must condemn this attack.

"Everyone should have the right to live in their own home without fear and intimidation and my thoughts are with the man and woman in question as they recover from this ordeal.

"We cannot allow Newtownabbey to become known for this type of behaviour, and certainly those behind this attack do not represent the majority in our community.

"I would urge anyone with information to contact the PSNI as soon as possible before the culprits can strike again."

Local councillor Frazer Agnew also hit out at the people behind the attack.

He said: "The kind of thing is senseless and stupid. All right-thinking people must condemn this terrifying attack on defenceless people."

Mr Agnew said that while Newtownabbey's Rathcoole estate had seen a upsurge in attacks on the homes of foreign nationals, this was an unusual occurrence for the Monkstown estate.

Ulster Unionist Party councillor Ben Kelso said the incident was "very upsetting" and hoped that the whole community would unite in support of the people who had been attacked.

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