Appeal over Belfast hate crime attacks

Appeal over Belfast hate crime attacks

Police are appealing for information after three properties in east Belfast were targeted in attacks which are being treated as hate crimes.

The incidents happened in the Strandtown area on Sunday night - the first occurred at 11.25pm when the front window of a house in the Strandburn Park area was smashed by a brick.Just after 11.30pm, two front windows in a property in Victoria Avenue were smashed by bricks.Minutes after this, a front window in a third property in the Strandburn Park area was smashed with a brick.No one was injured during the incidents.PSNI Chief Inspector Mark McEwan, Area Commander said: "Enquiries into these incidents are continuing and are at an early stage. Police believe the three incidents are linked and treating the incidents as hate crimes."I would ask anyone who may have witnessed this hate crime incident or anyone who may have information relating to these attacks to share that information with police at Strandtown on 0845 600 8000 so that the perpetrators of this crime can be brought before the courts."Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to the anonymously on 0800 555 111".

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