Northern Ireland

Ballymena, County Antrim: Arson attacks on cars are 'hate crimes', police say

A burnt-out car in Ballymena
Image caption The burnt-out cars are understood to belong to two men from eastern Europe

Police are treating two arson attacks on vehicles in Ballymena, County Antrim, as hate crimes.

A car was set alight in Dunclug Gardens at about 3:30 GMT on Sunday.

The other car was set on fire in Dunclug Park shortly before 05:00 GMT.

It is understood the vehicles belong to two men from eastern Europe.

Police have appealed for information.

Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay said the attacks were "totally wrong and must be condemned outright".

The North Antrim representative added: "It is those behind these attacks who are not welcome in our society - not those who they targeted."

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Image caption The interior of one of the vehicles damaged in an arson attack in Ballymena