Northern Ireland

Child, 8, hurt in racist brick attack in Dundonald

An eight-year-old child has been injured in a racist attack in Dundonald in east Belfast.

Promise Awoyelu was asleep at about 05:30 GMT on Saturday when she was hit on the head by a brick thrown through her bedroom window at Brooklands Drive.

Her injuries are not thought to be life threatening. Two other windows in the house were broken.

It is the second attack on the house within a week.

Two windows were smashed and the windscreen of a car damaged last Sunday.

The child's father, Charles Awoyelu, who has been living in Northern Ireland for seven years, described the attack as "shocking".

Image caption Charles Awoyelu described the attack as "shocking".

He said police told him it was racially motivated.

"I don't know what would motivate somebody to target us," he said.

"We are here to make a living and we are a peace-loving family.

"I have five children who are terrified in the house, my wife is scared and I'm scared of going to work and coming back because I don't know what will happen when I come back."

Alliance East Belfast MLA Chris Lyttle said racist attacks had "no place" in society.

"I am disgusted by such mindless racist views.

"This family are making a positive working contribution to our society and their children are part of local sports and community clubs.

"We are regrettably now helping the family to find suitable alternative accommodation."