Car petrol bombed in 'race hate' attack

Car petrol bombed in 'race hate' attack

A petrol bomb attack on the home of an Eastern European family in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, is being treated as a racial hate crime.

A car was reported on fire in the Ballyronan Park area at around 9.35pm on Sunday.Police said several men are believed to have been involved in the attack, which led to the vehicle being destroyed. It is understood its windows were smashed and a petrol bomb thrown in.There was also some damage to the front of the property.The incident is being treated as a racially motivated hate crime. Anyone with information has been asked to come forward.UUP Mayor of Newtownabbey, Fraser Agnew, said: "It's a sad situation and you just wonder, when's all this sort of thing going to end?"We live in a community here where there are people of mixed race."There are people who have come from other parts of Europe living in this estate and they're getting on well and there's no major issues with them, but you have this small element that will create problems such as this. You just wonder when's it ever going to end?"Local councillor Billy Webb has condemned those responsible."There is no place in our society for any such hate crime. No one deserves to be the victim of such a racially motivated attack," the Alliance representative said."The vast majority of the public have been welcoming to people from all backgrounds. I am disgusted that a person has been targeted in this manner."I would like to offer my support to the victim of this appalling crime."SDLP Newtownabbey Borough Councillor Noreen McClelland also hit out at those behind the attack."We live in an increasingly multi-cultural community in Newtownabbey. No family should have to live in fear of attack, regardless of colour or creed," she said."Those behind this incident should be ashamed of themselves and will rightly be rejected by this community. I would encourage anyone who may have seen or heard anything to get in touch with the PSNI and help bring these bigots before the courts."


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