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Police up patrols in east Belfast after spate of attacks

By Amanda Ferguson

Police are increasing patrols in east Belfast after vandals targeted three buildings in attacks branded as mindless by a politician.

On Tuesday paint was thrown at the front doors of St Anthony's Church on the Woodstock Road and a petrol bomb hit the shutters of a community organisation on Isthmus Street.

Stones, bottles and paint were also thrown at Willowfield police station, the second time it has been attacked in three days. It was also petrol-bombed on Sunday night.

A PSNI spokesman said officers were examining the possibility of the attacks being linked and warned that patrols would be stepped up in the area.

Sergeant Declan White said: "These incidents have occurred within a relatively confined area and there may have been passers-by or residents who may have witnessed suspicious behaviour and we would be very keen to hear from them."

Alliance East Belfast MLA Chris Lyttle said: "If anybody has any information about these incidents then I would urge them to contact the police."

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