Belfast Telegraph

Loyalist paint bomb attacks on Ardoyne homes 'sectarian intimidation'

By Joanne Sweeney

Paint bomb attacks on homes in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast have been condemned as "sectarian intimidation" by a Sinn Fein MLA.

Police said two flats on the Crumlin Road were targeted with bottles of paint thrown at windows, walls and driveways.

However, Sinn Fein claimed in fact that four homes had been attacked.

Local MLA Caral Ni Chuilin said: "There is no justification whatsoever for the paint bomb attacks on four homes last night in Ardoyne.

"This is a sectarian attack and is aimed at raising tensions in the area over the summer months. People should recognise it as that. No one, especially our young people, should be drawn in to any form of retaliation.

"I would urge unionist leaders in the north of the city to use whatever influence they have to ensure that such actions do not happen again.

"There is a responsibility on us all to ensure that people can live free from sectarian harassment and intimidation."

The Culture Minister added that Sinn Fein had contacted Belfast City Council to get workers out in the coming days to clean up the damage to the properties.

The PSNI confirmed that the incidents were being treated as sectarian hate crime and appealed for information.

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