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Syrian family home targeted with racist graffiti damaged overnight

Alexander Avenue. Credit: Google
Alexander Avenue. Credit: Google

The home of a Syrian family in Armagh which was targeted with racist graffiti has been damaged again overnight.

At around 1.40am on Monday police attended the home in Alexander Avenue after it was reported that windows were broken.

A man described as 5’5 tall with a stocky build wearing a grey/white hooded top was seen at the house.

The addressed had been targeted two days earlier with racist graffiti which said "local only".

Inspector McCullough said: “These incidents are being treated as racially motivated hate crimes.

“I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident or who saw anything suspicious in the area to contact police in Armagh Station on 101, quoting reference number 81 of 12/08/19. 

“Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime."

Alliance Councillor Eóin Tennyson said: “I am shocked and disgusted by what has transpired in Alexander Avenue over the weekend.

“There is no place for this disgusting and blatantly racist behaviour which has no support amongst the wider community.

“This incident is in no way a true reflection of our borough which is - and will remain - a diverse, open and welcoming place to live.

“This has been an incredibly distressing experience for the family who have already been through so much.

“I’d like to thank the police and statutory agencies for their robust response to this incident.

“I would appeal to anyone with information to please pass it to the police via 101.”

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