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Couple flee their east Belfast home after sectarian hate crime

Police are investigating an attack on a woman's car in east Belfast as a hate crime

A WOMAN and her partner have had to flee their home in east Belfast after her car was smashed in a sectarian hate crime.

The windows of a woman's car were broken on London Street shortly after 8pm on Friday.

Police accompanied the woman and her partner, who are understood to be from a Catholic background, as they retrieved their belongings from the house on Saturday.

It is understood that police are continuing to monitor the area.

A police spokeswoman said: "Enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances of this incident which is currently being treated as a hate crime."

A relative of the couple contacted The Irish News to criticise the police response to the incident, saying it took officers more than an hour to attend the 999 call.

A police spokeswoman said: "Anyone with a complaint regarding police actions should contact the office of the Police Ombudsman."

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