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Woman's north Belfast home targeted in hate crime attack

Police are hunting those behind a hate crime attack on a north Belfast home

POLICE are hunting those responsible for a hate crime that saw oil hurled at the north Belfast home of a woman.

Oil was thrown at the front window and door of the house in North King Street in the lower Shankill area.

Joanna Kuberczyk of the Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities (Nicem) told the Irish News that racist attacks were continuing to take place on people’s homes and businesses across Belfast.

Sinn Féin assembly member Gerry Kelly condemned the attack.

“Racism must be confronted at every opportunity by political, community and civic leaders where ever it raises its ugly head. My understanding is that the home at North Kings Street targeted in this attack was thankfully empty at the time.

Police are also appealing for witnesses.

A police spokeswoman said: “It was reported that sometime between 8am and 5.30pm damage was caused to the front window and door of the house after oil had been thrown over it. There was nobody in the house at the time of the incident.

“Police are treating this as a hate crime and are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information that will assist in the investigation to contact officers at Tennent Street Police Station on the non-emergency number 101. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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