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Foreigners' car torched in street




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Vandals have torched a car being used by a foreign business delegation near Belfast city centre.

The vehicle, which had a Republic of Ireland registration plate, was found burnt-out in Apsley Street just off Donegall Pass, close to where the group was staying.

The car was totally destroyed.

Police and fire crews were called to the scene just before 2am on Friday. A PSNI spokesman has appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

He said: "Shortly before 2am this morning, police received a report that a car was on fire. It has been completely destroyed. Police would ask anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who has any information to contact them."

The delegation, which included two Germans and an American, had been visiting the Schrader Electronics company based at a technology park in Antrim.

No one from the company was available for comment but it is understood the incident has caused dismay.

South Belfast MLA Anna Lo said the attack sent out the wrong message about Northern Ireland.

She said: "This is really providing a very bad and very negative image about Northern Ireland. We want people to be welcomed here to invest, work, live and be educated. But news like this is bad for Northern Ireland plc. These people are just thugs and I condemn the attack completely.

"I know Apsley Street well and it is a very narrow, residential area, so setting fire to a car could also endanger local residents."