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Man arrested over sectarian attacks on Belfast homes

A man has been arrested in north Belfast after a number of homes were attacked in recent weeks.

Chief Inspector Kelly Moore said: “Officers carried out a search at a house in Ballysillan Avenue this morning and arrested a 26-year-old man.

"He has been arrested on suspicion of intimidation and criminal damage and is currently in custody assisting us with our enquiries.

“Local officers and Criminal Investigation Branch detectives have been carrying out an extensive investigation into the recent incidents in this area and I would like to reassure the local community that we will do all in our power to ensure that anyone involved will be brought before the courts.

"No-one should feel unsafe in their own home or be subjected to acts of intimidation, and I would ask anyone with any information which could assist us with our investigation to contact detectives at Musgrave on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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The scene on Manor Street in north Belfast where a sectarian attack took place in the early hours of Thursday morning. Police are investigating the incident which seen three properties were damaged when painted was thrown at them. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Paint and objects were thrown at three houses in the Manor Park area within a 30 minute period during the early hours of Thursday morning.

Police are treating the incidents as sectarian hate crimes.

The incident comes just over a week after loyalist paramilitaries forced a grieving mother, whose son died only days before, out of her home in the Oldpark Road area.

It is believed the UFF threatened the woman and ordered her to leave her home. Hours later her home was attacked and the windows smashed.

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The house that was attacked in Summer Street in the Oldpark area of north Belfast

 

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