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Belfast houses damaged and cars set alight in suspected intimidation

Cars have been set alight and property damaged in a suspected intimidation incidents in north Belfast.

Police have appealed for witnesses, and said they are increasing patrols in the area.

Speaking about the attacks, PUP councillor Julie-Anne Corr-Johnston said the people of north Belfast rejected the behaviour, and "stand with the victims of your cruel and callous intimidation".

The attacks have taken place over the past two weeks, with the most recent report coming just after 11pm on Tuesday night, when a window was smashed and a van parked on Ballysillan Avenue set on fire.

In previous attacks a car was set on fire and the windows of two properties were smashed.

Police attended the scene along with members of Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service.

It is believed the fire was started deliberately.

Inspector Laura Kelly said: "While thankfully we have not received reports of any injuries in relation to these incidents, damaging properties and setting fire to vehicles is not only incredibly dangerous but is also creating fear in the local community. This is unacceptable. 

“We have increased patrolling in the area and are liaising with the local community, partner agencies and local representatives.

“We are currently investigating each of these incidents to determine if they are linked and are following a number of lines of enquiry. We are appealing to anyone with information about any of these incidents to contact us on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1532 of 31/07/18."

The public can also contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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