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Cars smashed in suspected hate crime attacks in Bristol

Attacks on two cars in Bristol where baseball bats were used to smash windows while passengers sat inside may be hate crimes, police say.

Officers in Bristol said two men approached a man sat inside his car in Ladies Mile, Clifton, and damaged the car on Thursday.

A similar incident happened in the early hours of Friday in Circular Road, involving three offenders.

Both attacks are being linked to homophobic abuse at a city nightclub.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset police said: "The alleged offences are being investigated as potential hate crimes.

"We're examining links to a further incident in which homophobic abuse was shouted at door staff outside a nightclub in Frogmore Street on Friday evening."

Police said a car was stopped in the Henleaze area of Bristol on Sunday morning and a 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.

"He remains in custody for questioning," added the spokesman.

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