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Police up patrols in east Belfast after spate of attacks

By Amanda Ferguson

Published 17/07/2014

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

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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