Sinn Fein man targeted in petrol bomb attack in Bangor
A Sinn Fein election agent has been targeted in a petrol bombing in Bangor.
Around 10.30pm on Monday a petrol bomb was thrown through a smashed window of a black Citroen C4 Picasso in Towerview Crescent.
The car was destroyed.
Two masked men were seen in the area at the time. Police are treating the incident as a hate crime.
Kieran Maxwell, the Sinn Fein candidate for North Down said: "I condemn the attack on my election agent's car. These mindless thugs will not stop the party in delivering its positive message to the voters."
Sinn Fein Northern Ireland leader Michelle O'Neill condemned the attack.
"This is an attack on the democratic process but it will not deter the local candidate or anyone else in Sinn Fein," she said.
"There are clearly those who are intent on turning this into a brutal campaign and sectarian-ising the election.
"I am calling on all party leaders to condemn this attack on democracy and send a clear message to those responsible that this will not be tolerated.
"Despite this and other attacks, Sinn Fein will continue to stand for equality and respect and integrity in the institutions."
District Commander, Superintendent Brian Kee said: “We are treating this incident as a hate crime and would like to hear from anyone who has information that may help our investigation. We can be contacted on 101, quoting ref: 1291 200217.”
If you prefer to provide information without giving your details you can contact the independent Crimstoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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