Northern Ireland

Attacks on two north Belfast houses 'were hate crimes'

Paint thrown at house
Image caption Paint was thrown at a house on the Crumlin Road late on Friday

Attacks on two houses in north Belfast are being treated by police as sectarian hate crimes.

A brick was thrown through the front window of a house on the Crumlin Road at about 23:00 GMT on Friday.

A short time later, paint was thrown at another home nearby. Police said it caused substantial damage.

Detectives have appealed for anyone who noticed suspicious activity in the area or saw a car speeding away around that time to contact them.

Sinn Féin councillor Gerard McCabe visited the two families targeted.

"These people's homes have been attacked before for years, as a matter of fact, and one of the homes that I visited this morning the people are just basically fed-up with it," he said.

"They just want to get on with their lives and the people carrying out these attacks need to wise up."

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