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Lauren Harte

Ballymena incident sees homes damaged by man with a hammer in alleged racially motivated hate crime

A number of homes in Ballymena have been smashed by a man with a hammer in what police are treating as a racially-motivated hate crime.

It happened in the Larne Street area of the Co Antrim town in the early hours of Monday, 26th June.

At 2.15am, the PSNI says it received a report that windows at a number of residential properties in the area had been smashed by a man with a hammer.

Read more: Two men charged after alleged 'hatchet' attack

The suspect is described as being of stocky build, wearing dark shorts and an orange top.

PSNI Inspector Reid said: “Officers attended the scene and, after speaking with witnesses, we are treating this incident as a racially-motivated hate crime.

“I want to reassure the community that police take reports of this nature extremely seriously. We will being increasing patrols in the area and will continue to liaise with community representatives and partnership organisations to address the issue.

“Everyone has the right to feel safe in their home. I would appeal to anyone who witnessed this attack, or who may have dashcam, CCTV or other footage, to contact police immediately.

"Additionally, I would ask that anyone who has any concerns around this type of behaviour report them to police. When you report crime, we can take steps to stop it.

“You can ring us on 101, report online at, or speak directly to your Neighbourhood Policing Team.”

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