Cars torched in 'hate crime' arson

Cars torched in 'hate crime' arson

Cars belonging to four Slovakian and Polish families have been extensively damaged after they were deliberately set on fire in north Belfast.

The arson attack, which happened on Whitewell Road on Tuesday night shortly before 10.30pm, is being treated as a hate crime by police.A Polish man had just moved into the area six weeks ago with his partner and their two young children, aged three and seven.Their car was parked in the driveway adjacent to their home when it was set on fire.He said that he feels lucky that the house did not catch fire, too."I'm very sad for myself and my family. I feel very bad for that."He explained that he had lived in Northern Ireland for six or seven years and never had any problems.He is now considering moving to a different area, or possibly leaving Northern Ireland."I'm still in shock. I don't know what to say," he added.Further along the street, a Slovakian man, who was in the area visiting his friend, also had his car torched.With his daughter acting as an interpretor, he told UTV that he has now lost a day's work because he was unable to drive and fears that he could lose his job.A short time after the attacks, police arrested a 36-year-old man. He has since been bailed pending further enquiries.

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