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Image taken from CCTV of the latest attack on Asta's Glam Factory in east Belfast

Image taken from CCTV of the latest attack on Asta's Glam Factory in east Belfast

An emotional Asta at a rally held by the community in protest over the 2015 arson attack on nail salon

An emotional Asta at a rally held by the community in protest over the 2015 arson attack on nail salon

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Asta Samaliute inside the damaged property in April 2015 after it
was set on fire in a racially-motivated attack

Asta Samaliute inside the damaged property in April 2015 after it was set on fire in a racially-motivated attack

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Image taken from CCTV of the latest attack on Asta's Glam Factory in east Belfast

A Lithuanian woman who rebuilt her east Belfast salon following a racially-motivated arson attack three years ago has spoken of her hurt after her business was daubed with graffiti.

Asta's Glam Factory, owned by Asta Samaliute, on Castlereagh Street was targeted at the weekend.

The message - 'Closing due to Brexit' - was sprayed-painted on the front shutters of her premises early on Sunday morning.

Police are treating it as a racist hate crime.

In April 2015, the same salon was gutted by a fire in an attack which drew widespread political condemnation and prompted the local community to raise funds to help her get back on her feet.

Ms Samaliute said on Facebook yesterday that the latest incident had left her extremely worried, prompting her to release security footage showing the alleged perpetrator carrying out the graffiti attack.

"(Three) years ago my salon was spray-painted and burned down a few days after," she wrote.

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"It's sickening to be thinking that this might happen again.

"I (worked) so hard to get my business where it is today after going through what happened a few years ago."

Ms Samaliute said she decided to make the footage public in a bid to find the person responsible.

"I debated if I should share this video on social media, but I'm sharing this in the hope that someone might recognise the person who is behind this horrible thing," Ms Samaliute added in her post.

The footage, which was captured at around 4.45am, shows the male - wearing a baseball cap and appearing to have most of his faced covered - approach the premises and proceed to spray-paint the shutters before walking away around a minute later.

DUP councillor George Dorrian condemned the incident and appealed for people to help the PSNI trace the perpetrator.

"I would hope that those responsible could be identified from the video footage but anyone with information that could help identify those responsible should pass it to the police," he said.

A PSNI spokesperson said the incident is being treated as a racist hate crime.


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