Northern Ireland

Police get 14 calls in two weeks to new hate crime line

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Image caption Foreign families living in Northern Ireland have been the target of recent racist attacks

The PSNI say that 14 calls have been made to their dedicated hate crime phone line since it was introduced just over two weeks ago.

It was set up as part of an operation designed to tackle the growing problem of hate crime in Northern Ireland.

Operation Reiner was established at the beginning of May.

Since then, police have made 13 arrests related to racist attacks, and charged five people.

Superintendent Paula Hilman, from Operation Reiner, said: "Officers have been following up on these calls and we welcome all information from the public which can assist us with bringing those responsible before the courts.

"We are committed to tackling hate crimes but policing can only be as successful as the information and support we receive from the wider community."

The hate crime phone line for Northern Ireland can be accessed by calling the non-emergency 101 number and pressing 2.

The service provides a translation into nearly 50 languages.

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