Northern Ireland

Rathcoole estate: Jamaican woman's home targeted in hate crime

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Media captionKerry Ann Brown said the attack was a 'terrifying and frightening experience'

A house in Newtownabbey, County Antrim, has been targeted in what is believed to have been a racist attack.

The front window of the house at Linford Green in the Rathcoole estate was smashed after a brick was thrown at it at around 02:00 BST on Friday.

Kerry Ann Brown lives in the house with her three sons, aged 10, seven and two.

It is the second time that the house has been attacked in less than a year. In the previous incident racist graffiti was scrawled on it.

Ms Brown said at one stage it sounded like someone was trying to get into the house, but when police arrived no-one was there.

She said it was a frightening experience for her children who wondered why it was happening.

"I don't know what to say to them, because I don't even know myself why it has happened," she said.

"The only conclusion I can come to is that I am black, I'm an ethnic minority.

"There are so many other houses in the street and mine is the only one that has been attacked."

She said her neighbours were "lovely people" and she had no problem with them.

Police are treating it as a hate crime and have appealed for witnesses.