Attack on home of Nigerian family treated as hate crime

Police are to treat an attack on the home of a Nigerian family in Belfast as a hate crime.

According to reports from the BBC, the family were at home in the Kilmuir Avenue area of Ballybeen, when two of their upstairs windows were smashed.
 

The attack occurred just before 1am on 13th June, but the police have only just released the details.
 
The family are now looking for other accommodation. 
 
Support for the family has come from the local clergy who issued a statement condemning the attacks:
 
“We the members of churches in Ballybeen stand together with other members of our community in our rejection and condemnation of the recent unprovoked and seemingly racially-motivated attacks on a family of Nigerian origin living in our community.
 
“We call upon all church members, residents of Ballybeen, political representatives, statutory authorities and community workers to do all that they can to affirm and ensure that this community is a secure place to live for people of all racial and national backgrounds, so that no-one may fear intimidation or expulsion from their homes.”
 
The police are appealing for anyone with information on the attacks to pass the information onto them.