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Early morning arson attack on family `race hate crime'

Subi Philip leaving her home in Antrim after this morning's attack. Picture by Justin Kernoghan

A WOMAN and two children escaped injury after a car was set on fire in the driveway of their Antrim home in an early morning suspected racist attack.

Fire service was called to Meadow Drive in the Co Antrim town at 6.18am after the blaze was discovered this morning.

A spokesman said firefighters dealt with a car on fire "which caused damage to a side window of a house".

"The semi-detached house also received slight smoke damage to the inside of the property. No one was injured during the incident," he said.

The fire is being treated as deliberate and police are investigating.

The car belonging to a family originally from India and the woman and children aged 10 and eight were in the house at the time.

The woman's husband was not there as he had returned to India for his father's funeral.

It is understood that members of the local Indian community - many of whom work at Antrim Area Hospital - gathered at the house to offer their support to the family.

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