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Thugs petrol bomb Sinn Fein election agent's car in Bangor

By Staff Reporter

A Sinn Fein election agent has been targeted in an arson attack.

At around 10.30pm on Monday a petrol bomb was thrown through the smashed window of a black Citroen C4 Picasso in Towerview Crescent in Bangor. The car was destroyed.

Two masked men were seen in the area at the time. Police are treating the incident as a hate crime.

Sinn Fein North Down candidate Kieran Maxwell 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's Stormont leader Michelle O'Neill condemned it as "an attack on the democratic process".

She added: "There are clearly those who are intent on turning this into a brutal campaign and sectarianising the election."

UUP candidate Alan Chambers also condemned the attack.

"No one involved in an election campaign should be subject to any form of violence," he said.

"This was a blatant attack on the democratic process by a small minority and actions such as these are not welcome in our society.

"Attempts at intimidation must not deter people from taking part in this election. Opinions must be expressed freely at the ballot box to let the voters decide, never on the street."

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