HATE CRIME PROBE AFTER THREE HOUSES ATTACKED IN NORTH BELFAST

POLICE are investigating a hate crime motive for three attacks on properties in the same street in north Belfast that took place early this morning Thursday, August 9.

Inspector Robert McMurran said: “These three attacks,  in the Manor Street area,  were all reported to us within a 30 minute period,  between 12.05am and 12.35am.

“We received the first report just after midnight that two youths had hurled an object at the window of a house, before throwing paint over it and running off towards the Oldpark Road.

“The window was shattered in the attack.

“A second report was made to us around 12.15am in which two males, wearing grey tops, threw a paint bomb at the front window of a property.

“The window was not broken in the incident.

“And at around 12.30 am, a third report was made that front living room window had been smashed at a house in the area.

“No-one was at home at the time.

“While no-one was hurt in any of the incidents, the residents were left shocked by what happened.

“We are treating all three as sectarian hate crimes.

“I would appeal to anyone who saw these two males in the area or any suspicious activity at the time the incidents took place, to get in touch with us on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 12 of 9/8/18.”

“Alternatively, information can also be provide to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.

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