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Victims of anti-gay hate crime attack may leave Belfast home


The house in west Belfast targeted by paint bombers

The house in west Belfast targeted by paint bombers

The house in west Belfast targeted by paint bombers

A couple targeted by a paint bomb in what they believe was a homophobic attack in west Belfast are considering quitting their home.

The house at Roden Street was damaged between 9pm on Friday and 2.30am on Saturday. One of the victims said she was very frightened and is now considering leaving her home.

She said she and her partner discovered the damage when they arrived home after a night out.

Police, who said a window was damaged in the attack, confirmed they were investigating a hate crime. The house was empty at the time. Inspector James Murphy said: "Police are treating this as a hate crime and I appeal to anyone with any information relating to this incident to please contact officers at Woodbourne police station on the non-emergency number 101, or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

West Belfast SDLP councillor Tim Attwood condemned the incident, saying intimidation and homophobia had no place in the local area.

He said: "This deplorable incident must be condemned in the strongest terms by all aspects of society.

"There must be no ambiguity that homophobia and attempted intimidation have no place in west Belfast. As a society we must act to protect all vulnerable communities from such intolerance and I encourage anyone who may have information about the attack to contact the PSNI."

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