Northern Ireland

Stones thrown at homes along west Belfast peace wall treated as 'sectarian hate crime'

Bombay Street in west Belfast
Bombay Street in west Belfast

STONES thrown at homes along a peace wall in a mainly Catholic area of west Belfast is being treated by police as a sectarian hate crime.

Windows were damaged at two houses at Bombay Street after the attack on Tuesday evening.

The front window of one property was smashed and a window on another house in the area was also damaged.

Sinn Féin councillor Claire Canavan condemned the attacks.

The Belfast representative said the stones were "thrown over the peace wall into Bombay Street".

"I called with residents who were left extremely shaken after this attack. These attacks must end. People have suffered enough in this street over the years," she said.

"Sectarianism has no place in our society and I call on all political and community leaders to show leadership to end these attacks.

"Anyone with any information on this hate crime should bring it forward to the PSNI."

Police urged anyone with information or who saw anything suspicious in the area to phone police on 101, quoting reference number 937 30/10/18, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.