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Antrim racist attack: 'Scared' mother and baby leave home after brick lands in cot

By Rachel Martin and Jonny Bell

A mother and her baby girl have been forced to abandon their home after a racist attack which saw a brick lobbed through the child's window and land in her cot.

It was only for the baby being ill and with its parents in their bed in the same room that it was not in the cot at the time of the early morning attack.

Glass was strewn around the room.

Father Patryk Grzechnik said his girlfriend was so scared she has taken the baby away. He has been living in Northern Ireland for two years and in the Antrim house for the past year.

The incident happened in his Tarragon Park home at 2.20am on Wednesday. Police are treating it as a hate crime.

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SDLP Antrim Councillor Roisin Lynch described the incident as "appalling".

“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," she said.

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

Sinn Fein MLA Declan Kearney also condemned the attack.

The South Antrim MLA said: "This attack on the home of a family in Antrim was wrong and I totally condemn it.

"Thankfully no one was injured in this attack but it must have been a terrifying experience for the family, particularly as the brick landed in the cot of a young child.

"There can be no place whatsoever for racism in our society.

"I would encourage anyone with information on this attack to contact the PSNI."

Sergeant John Hamilton appealed for for witnesses.

“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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