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Man (25) released on bail after cars are attacked in Belfast's Holyland

By Allan Preston

A 25-year-old man arrested in connection with the damage of four parked cars in the Holyland area of south Belfast has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

The vandalism took place in the early hours of yesterday morning in the University Avenue, Dudley Street, the Cloisters and Rugby Avenue areas.

Images of one of the cars showed a smashed passenger window and a badly damaged wing mirror.

PSNI Constable Hanvey commented: "Police responded to a call from a member of the public about a male damaging a car in south Belfast just after 5.15am this morning.

"Police attended and arrested a 25-year-old male nearby, but we are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed any cars being damaged, or who may have seen anything suspicious in the area to contact police at Musgrave Process Team on 101, quoting reference number 146 of August 31."

Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The Holyland residential area is popular for student accommodation and has frequently been linked to anti-social behaviour in recent years, causing friction with long-term residents. In March, police arrested 15 people for minor public order offences over two days following street celebrations for St Patrick's day.

Despite the unrest, senior officers acknowledged at the time that overall behaviour had been much better in the area than in recent years.

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