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Paint bomb attack on Polish woman's car not a hate crime, says PSNI

By Rachel Martin and Nevin Farrell

Police say they are not treating an incident in which a Polish woman's car was paint-bombed overnight as a hate crime.

Katarzyna Adamiuk spoke of her shock after her vehicle was targeted in Ballymena.

The incident is being treated as criminal damage, the PSNI said.

Ms Adamiuk (37) discovered her Volkswagen Golf was covered in orange paint outside her home at Suffolk Street, near the town centre, around 5.30am yesterday.

The woman, who works in the local Moy Park poultry factory, said: "I am surprised this has happened and don't know why. It is not very nice.

"I don't know if it is racist or not because I am from Poland."

She has lived in Ballymena for eight years and has been at her current address for a year.

"Thankfully, I was able to get most of the paint off with a car wash but I don't know how much it will cost to repair the rest of the damage," she added.

She says she will not leave her home, but will park her car in her garage in future.

Police said they were appealing for information.

Inspector Michael Simpson said: "It was reported that sometime overnight between Tuesday, February 28 and Wednesday, March 1 paint was thrown over a Volkswagen car. Enquiries into the matter are ongoing."

SDLP councillor Declan O'Loan said the incident was unusual in Ballymena, adding: "This is totally out of the blue, particularly in this part of Ballymena - a quiet terraced street. I absolutely condemn this, and am sure that it will be condemned by the majority of those living in Ballymena too."

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council Audrey Wales added: "No property should be targeted in this way, especially when the hard-working people affected are both contributing to the local community and continue to be an integral part of it."

Police are appealing for witnesses to contact them at Ballymena on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 114 01/03/17.

Alternatively, those who prefer to provide information without giving their details can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling its 0800 555 111 number.

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