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Community centre in east Belfast targeted in pig's head hate crime

A pig's head has been left outside a Community Centre in east Belfast as part of a hate crime.

Police are investigating the incident which took place in the Inverary Avenue on Saturday.

Racist graffiti which included Nazi swastikas and the phrases "no Muslims" and "no blacks" was also daubed on the walls of the centre.

Inspector Ian McCormick stated: "At approximately 5am it was reported to police that graffiti had been daubed on the walls of a building and a pig’s head had been placed against the shutters of the building.

"Police are treating this incident as a hate crime and are appealing to anyone who was in the Inverary Avenue area in the early hours of this morning and noticed any suspicious activity to contact police in Strandtown on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 290 of 23/09/17, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Inspector McCormick added: “Hate crime, in all its forms, is totally unacceptable. It is the responsibility of each and every one of us to ensure that we live in a society where diversity is respected. If you or someone you know is the victim of a hate crime please contact police or your local support agency."

DUP councillor George Dorrian told the Belfast Telegraph that the incident in all forms is "just ridiculous."

Mr Dorrian said: "There is graffiti and swastikas plastered everywhere, it can be seen by everyone.

"It is a quiet enough area with a community of older people living here so these kind of actions are a rarety."

The DUP representative added: "There was a kid's football match right beside the centre yesterday morning too, to have young people viewing this is just uncalled for."

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East Belfast graffiti picture by DUP councillor George Dorrian

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