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DUP councillor brands north Belfast racist attack 'totally unacceptable'

A DUP councillor has hit out after a hate crime attack against a family in north Belfast.

Guy Spence said the incident was "totally unacceptable".

The attack happened at the home of a Bangladeshi family on Thursday evening.

At around 10.20pm a number of youths threw bricks at the front window of the property in the York Road area. A pane of glass was damaged as a result.

A woman and her child were in the home at the time of the attack but were not injured.

Inspector Fairfield added: "Police are treating this incident as a hate crime and are appealing to anyone who was in the York Road area last night and who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information that can assist with the investigation to contact officers in Tennent Street on 101 quoting reference number 1493 02/11/17. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

"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."

Responding to the attack, Green Party Councillor Georgina Milne said: "This despicable attack is being treated as a racist hate crime and it is time for the people of Belfast to rally round and show that this is not who we are.

"Barely a week goes by without a new instance of race hate crime hitting the headlines. Earlier this week a Belgian man who was treated for a head injury when a breeze block was thrown through the window of his home in east Belfast said he thought he had been targeted because of his accent.

"We are calling for a new offence of racially aggravated crime in Northern Ireland in order to tackle this rising tide of racist hate crime."

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