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Police investigate 'sectarian motivated hate crime' following Ballymoney Turkish barber shop attack

Police investigating "sectarian motivated hate crime" following attack on Turkish barber shop
Police investigating "sectarian motivated hate crime" following attack on Turkish barber shop Police investigating "sectarian motivated hate crime" following attack on Turkish barber shop

Police are investigating a "sectarian motivated hate crime" on a Turkish barber shop in Ballymoney.

A window was smashed while words were scrawled on the door of the premises some time overnight on Monday into Tuesday. Images on social media show the words 'IRA Out' on the door.

Police are appealing for information following the report of criminal damage on the shop on Charles Street.

“Shortly after 7:05am, it was reported to police that the front window of the premises was smashed and graffiti was painted on the front door of the property," a PSNI spokesperson said.

"Enquiries are continuing but at this stage, the incident is being treated as a sectarian motivated hate crime."

In a statement, Sinn Féin councillor Ciarán McQuillan, condemning the attack, said it was "despicable"

“Windows have been smashed on the premises and the door of the shop damaged with graffiti," Mr McQuillan said. 



“This is an attempt to intimidate the owners and staff of this business and my immediate solidarity is with them.

“Those responsible for this attack and criminal damage should be brought to justice through the courts and I would appeal to anyone with information to report." 

The PSNI said anyone with information on the incident can contact police on 101 quoting reference number 186 05/12/23. It can also be reported on https://www.psni.police.uk/report or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.