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Windows smashed by racist vandals

By Michelle Smyth

A home in south Belfast has been attacked by racist thugs who smashed windows and scrawled graffiti on the front door.

The incident was reported to police shortly after 9.20am on Wednesday.

The PSNI, which is treating it as a hate crime, said the attack in Walmer Street is believed to have happened overnight.

A 29-year-old woman who lives in the same street but does not wish to be identified said she was disgusted to hear that the house just doors up from her had windows smashed in and graffiti spray-painted on the front door.

"They have made a complete mess of this house," the resident said. "It's an absolute disgrace in this day and age that people just can't live in peace and that prejudice is still rife."

PSNI figures state that in the 12 months to June 2014, racist incidents in Northern Ireland rose by 36%, from 830 to 1,132. In the same period, racist crimes increased by 51%, from 525 to 796.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Lisburn Road Police Station on the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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