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'Reprehensible' attacks on houses in Belfast including home of seven-month-old baby

Thugs have attacked three homes in north Belfast including that of a seven-month-old child.

Progressive Unionist Councillor Julie-Anne Corr-Johnston described the attacks on the homes in Ballysillan Avenue as "repulsive and reprehensible".

“In the small hours of Sunday morning I received a call alerting me to two attacks on property in Ballysillan Avenue," she said.

"Windows at both properties were broken and a vehicle set alight. The victims, to whom I am providing ongoing support, included two single mothers and a seven-month-old baby.

"They are now taking shelter in emergency accommodation provided for by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.”

Cllr Corr-Johnston said she required a police escort when she went to the properties on Sunday evening to collect belongings for the families concerned.

She added: “Again early this morning [Wednesday] I was alerted to a third incident of a similar nature, in the same street, that occurred overnight. This marks the sixth attack on homes in this area spanning an eighteen month period.

“The perpetrators I believe are local, I believe they have an agenda and I believe there are people with information that could assist PSNI with their enquiries. And I appeal to them to do so.

“Remaining residents in the street, particularly those with small children, are living on their nerves. It’s both repulsive and reprehensible.”

The PSNI is investigating the incidents.

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting reference number 1583 24/07/18.

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