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Arrest after racial abuse incident in takeaway

The incident took place at about 6pm on Thursday on the Newtownards Road in east Belfast

POLICE have arrested a 49-year-old man following a report of racial abuse towards takeaway staff.

The incident took place at about 6pm on Thursday on the Newtownards Road in east Belfast.

Inspector Pete Cunningham said the man entered the premises and became aggressive and racially abusive towards a member of staff.

"Officers attended and the man was arrested on suspicion of attempted criminal damage, disorderly behaviour and obstructing police. He remains in custody at this time," he said.

"From talking to the business community we are aware of their concerns about an increase in their staff being abused. No one should be subject to abuse of any kind at their place of work. Any hate crime is wrong and we take this type of offence very seriously. We will actively investigate any such reports and seek to bring those responsible before the courts."

Police appealed for anyone confronted by this type situation to contact 101, or in an emergency, on 999.

"Businesses can also speak to their local crime prevention officer for practical advice about protecting their staff and premises from crime," Mr Cunningham added.

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