Car torched in Dunmurry 'hate crime'

Published Saturday, 30 August 2014
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A car has been set on fire in a suspected arson attack in Dunmurry, Co Antrim.

Car torched in Dunmurry 'hate crime'
The vehicle was targeted overnight. (© PSNI)

A blue Peugeot 107 was targeted at Yew Tree Walk shortly before 1.35am on Saturday.

Police are treating the attack as a hate crime after sectarian graffiti was found nearby.

A second car, a silver Vauxhall Astra, parked close by was also damaged.

A police spokesperson said: "Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene and the fires were extinguished.

"Enquiries are continuing but at this stage, police believe the fire was started deliberately.

"Police are also investigating a report that a window was damage at a flat in the area, which may be linked to the incident of criminal damage of two vehicles parked in the area," the statement continued.

The PSNI are appealing for anyone with information to contact them on the 101 non-emergency number.

SDLP Dunmurry Councillor Brian Heading has condemned the attack.

"Those behind this cowardly action do not speak for the people of this area and they offer nothing positive to our community.

"I have no doubt that the people of Dunmurry will stand in solidarity with their neighbours at this difficult time," he added.

Cllr Heading urged anyone with information to contact the PSNI.

© UTV News
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