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sick attack Home of a Syrian family attacked in what police believe to be a racially-motivated crime


The home of a Syrian family in Newry, Co. Down has been attacked in what police believe to be a racially-motivated crime.

The attack happened in Carlingford Park on the Old Warrenpoint Road in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Photos show that abusive graffiti was spray painted onto the exterior of the house and windows were smashed. It was also reported that other property was damaged in the attack.

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh, Justin McNulty, called the attack “distressing” and “vile”.

In a statement, he said: “I am very concerned to learn of this attack on a young family’s home. What is even more distressing is the potential that this attack was racially motivated.

“I understand as a result of this traumatising ordeal the young family has now subsequently fled their own home. Newry is an incredibly diverse and vibrant city and for any individual or family to be targeted simply because of their ethnicity or nationality is vile and wrong.”

Mr McNulty’s colleague, Newry SDLP counseller Michael Savage, added: “I am under no doubt whatsoever the local and wider community of Newry will rally around and do whatever they can to support this family.

“It is crucial we all stand united to support our neighbours and fellow citizens to show in the strongest form that racism has no place in our society.”

Cllr Savage also appealed “to anyone with information regarding this sickening hate crime to bring it forward to the police immediately.”

PSNI Chief Inspector Amanda Ford said that racially motivated violent crime is “unacceptable” in Northern Irish communities.

“Hate crimes have no place in today's society and will simply not be tolerated,” she added.

Ms Ford stated that police inquiries into the matter are ongoing.

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