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Coade hits out at those behind hate crime attack on house

Alliance Newry and Armagh representative Jackie Coade has hit out at those behind an attack on the home of a Syrian family which is being treated as a hate crime.

The attack took place at the property in Carlingford Park in Newry around 2am on Sunday, with windows being smashed and graffiti sprayed.

“My thoughts are with the family who have suffered this ordeal, and they have my full support,” said Ms Coade.

“This sort of behaviour does not represent the vast majority of people in Newry. Racism has no place in our society, and the attitudes and actions of those who did this mindless attack must be condemned by everyone.

“Everyone has the right to feel safe in their home and as a community we must stand together. I would urge anyone with information on this incident to contact police with it immediately.”