Northern Ireland

Cars damaged in 'racially motivated' attacks in Belfast

Burnt out car on Carlingford Street
Image caption A car on Carlingford Street was one of three cars attacked overnight.

Three vehicles have been set alight in Belfast, in what police believe are "racially motivated" hate crimes.

Shortly before 04:15 BST on Sunday, police received a report that a car on Florida Street had been set on fire.

Around the same time, officers on patrol in the area of Wayland Street discovered a small fire on the bonnet of a parked car.

A car parked in Carlingford Street was also extensively damaged after reports of a fire.

A number of other vehicles parked near the car that was set alight in Florida Street were also damaged in that incident.

Image caption Evidence of the damage caused to one of the cars

Police are investigating a link between the incidents and are treating them as "racially motivated hate crimes".

Image caption Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incidents to contact them