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Sick baby escapes injury in race hate attack on Antrim home as brick lands on cot

An ill baby escaped injury in a race hate attack in Antrim because it was sleeping with its parents rather than in its cot.

The window of the child's bedroom, in the Tarragon Park area of the town, was broken and a brick landed on the baby's cot. Because the child was sick it was with its parents at the time and was not in the cot.

Police are treating the incident, which happened at 2:20am on Wednesday, April 12,  as a hate crime.

Read more: Antrim racist attack: Mother and baby leave home after brick lands in cot

SDLP Antrim Councillor Roisin Lynch condemned the attack.

“This is an appalling attack on a home in a typically quiet area of Antrim," she said.

“The reckless thugs who smashed the windows in the home not only sought to terrorise this family but they could have seriously injured a young child who luckily wasn't in the cot that a brick landed in.

“Antrim is a welcoming town. Those responsible for this attack stand alone and against people in our town."

Sergeant John Hamilton added:  “We are appealing to anyone that may have any information or to anyone that may have witnessed any suspicious activity in the area at the time to contact Antrim police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 80 of the 12/04/17. Or, alternatively if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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