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Man held after two cars are damaged in east Belfast

By Steven Alexander

A man has been arrested after two cars were damaged in east Belfast, one of which is being treated as a racist attack.

Paint was thrown over a car in Colvil Street on Sunday at around 10.35pm. As police attended the scene they received a report of a hate crime in nearby Park Avenue, where the front windscreen of a car had been smashed with a brick.

A PSNI spokesman said: "A 31- year-old male was subsequently arrested in the vicinity for criminal damage and threats to commit criminal damage. Enquiries into both incidents are continuing."

Alliance East Belfast MLA Judith Cochrane said racist graffiti was also painted on a wall on Barnetts Road.

"There can be no place in our society for any form of hate crime. Those responsible for these attacks are adding nothing to our society," she said.

"The vast majority of the public in east Belfast are deeply opposed to these attacks. We must send a clear message that these hate crimes will not be tolerated in Northern Ireland and that we should be open and welcoming to people from all backgrounds."

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