Northern Ireland

Home of Polish mother and son attacked in east Belfast

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Media captionAt the weekend graffiti aimed at Polish people was sprayed in the area

The home of a Polish mother and her son has been attacked in east Belfast.

The living room window of the house was smashed on Templemore Avenue at about 23:30 BST on Monday.

The windscreen of a car parked outside was also broken. The woman, who is 47, and her son, 27, were in the house at the time.

Police have blamed a recent spate of hate crimes in the area on the Ulster Volunteer Force loyalist paramilitary group.

Detectives have appealed for information about this latest incident.

The man, who did not want to give his name, has been living in Northern Ireland since 2008 and works in Lisburn.

He said he and his mother had no idea why their property had been attacked.

He said he was scared and depressed and had now been left with no way of getting to work.

The Northern Ireland Honorary Polish Consul, Jerome Mullen, is to meet senior police officers on Tuesday to discuss the attacks.

At the weekend, graffiti saying "locals only" was daubed on three properties at Roslyn Street.

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