Northern Ireland

Gun attack: Family at home during 'hate crime' in west Belfast

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Media captionA number of windows were broken in the house at Whiterock Gardens

Seven people have escaped injury in a gun attack on a house in west Belfast that is being treated as a hate crime by police.

A number of windows were broken in the house at Whiterock Gardens at about 22:00 BST on Wednesday.

A couple and their five daughters were in the property at the time.

The family, who are believed to be members of the Travelling community, have lived in the house for less than a week.

Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan said this was a reckless gun attack.

"Thankfully, no-one was hurt," he said.

"Guns have no place on our streets and the fact that anyone in the house at the time could have been seriously injured or worse highlights the recklessness of this attack.

"I have asked the PSNI about their claims that this is a hate crime when they had informed me that they do not know who was behind the attack.

"While any attack is reprehensible, we must establish the facts before claims like this are made which can stigmatise a community,

"All of the residents of the Whiterock area want to get on with their lives in peace without this type of incident."

Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

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