Newry house targeted in ‘hate crime’ incidents

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Monday, July 20th, 2015
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Police in Newry are asking the local community in Chequer Court for their support as they investigate a number of hate incidents.
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There has been several attacks on the Chequer Court house recently

The appeal comes following several attacks on a house in Chequer Court last week and previous attacks on the property during the preceding weeks. On Tuesday, 14th July, local police received a report that 3 cctv cameras at the property were stolen and locks damaged with glue. A window of the house was reported broken on Wednesday, 15th July and paint was also thrown over the house and graffiti scrawled on a wall at the house. Speaking to Newry Times, Sergeant McConville said, “We are treating all these incidents as hate crimes and are conducting enquiries to establish the circumstances of all these incidents. “We are asking the local community to support our investigation and contact us with any relevant information. If you have information which you believe could assist please contact us in Newry on 101,” he added. Chequer Court2Newry Sinn Féin Councillor Charlie Casey condemned the attacks, which he said were at the home of a traveller family. Speaking about the incident Cllr Casey said, “There has been a number of attacks on this family home in recent days which is unacceptable. These attacks must stop and I am calling on anyone with information on them to contact the PSNI before someone is seriously hurt. “This family has a number of young children who are frightened and traumatised by this action. There is no place in our communities for this type of behaviour and all the necessary agencies need to work together to end this,” the local Sinn Fein Councillor added.

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