Police pledge action on racial attacks

Police pledge action on racial attacks

Police and community representatives have held a meeting at Belfast City Hall to discuss the rise in hate crimes.

It comes following another racist attack in east Belfast where the home and car of a Polish family were damaged in the Templemore Avenue area of the city.The incident happened shortly after 11.30pm on Monday and the living room window of the house was smashed while a car parked outside it was also damaged.It was the latest in a series of racist incidents targeting Eastern Europeans in the area.Representatives from the Polish Consul met senior PSNI officers on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the upsurge of attacks and what can be done to stop them.Speaking afterwards, Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr said a new a PSNI special unit - 'Operation Orion' - is working on tackling this issue, and called for support from the people of Belfast."What we had was a frank, constructive conversation that talked about the personal experiences of the victims of racist hate crimes across the city of Belfast and what we're going to do," he explained."The racist hate crimes across Belfast need to be tackled actively, with one voice for the city."There is no one single cause of racist hate crimes, there is a multitude of causes, and they need to be addressed that way."Police are treating Monday night's incident the incident as a hate crime. Two people - a man aged in his 20s and a woman aged in her 40s - were in the house at the time.They were not injured but were "left shocked by their ordeal". A PSNI spokesman says four men are believed to have been involved in the incident.Detectives have appealed for anyone who witnessed the attack or anyone with any information to contact them at Musgrave Police Station on the non-emergency number 101.


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