Belfast Telegraph

Race hate thugs smash windows in east Belfast homes

BY STEVEN ALEXANDER

The windows of three houses have been broken within minutes of each other in a suspected racist hate crime spree.

All three houses are in the Strandtown area of east Belfast, and were attacked in the space of 15 minutes late on Sunday night.

Bricks were used to smash the front windows of two houses in Strandburn Park and another in Victoria Avenue.

The attacks are being treated by police as hate crimes.

East Belfast's reputation has been blighted by a spate of racist attacks in recent months.

Condemning the attacks, East Belfast MP Naomi Long said the growing ethnic minority was part of the local community in her constituency.

PSNI area commander, Chief Inspector Mark McEwan, said: "I would ask anyone who may have witnessed this hate crime incident or has information relating to these attacks to share that information with police at Strandtown on 0845 600 8000."

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