Belfast Telegraph

Polish government 'very concerned'

By Adrian Rutherford

The Polish government is very concerned over the surge in race-hate attacks against its citizens living in Northern Ireland, an official has said.

Police yesterday revealed there had been 88 crimes against Poles in the last year.

The Polish Ambassador to the UK, Witold Sobkow, is to write to the First and Deputy First Ministers about the matter.

Polish consul Jerome Mullen said: "It is a very serious situation that we're all facing. The government of Poland, I can tell you, are very concerned at the serious escalation of attacks on Polish citizens coming to live here."

Mr Mullen accused political leaders of not doing enough to tackle racism, citing the absence of a racial equality strategy.

The strategy - Stormont's masterplan for combating racism in Northern Ireland - has been stalled since 2007.

"I'm not satisfied that sufficient efforts have been made in relation to dealing with the whole issue around racism and race crime," he said.

Lithuanian Consul in Northern Ireland, William Sinnerton, said: "I am very distressed to hear about this latest incident. It's very sad that someone who has come to Northern Ireland to make a better life for themselves has been targeted in this despicable way."

He added he would be contacting the PSNI to express his concern at the nail bar attack.

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