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Several vehicles burnt in 'racially motivated hate crime'

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A number of cars have been set alight overnight in various parts of east Belfast.

Police say they are investigating a link between the attacks, which they are treating as racially-motivated hate crimes.

Shortly before 4.15am, officers received a report that a car parked on Florida street had been set on fire. The car was extensively damaged and several nearby were also burned.

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Around the same time, someone lit a small fire on the bonnet of a parked car on Wayland Street. The flames were extinguished, but both the bonnet and windscreen were scorched as a result.

A short time later police received a report that a car parked in Carlingford Street had been set on fire. The car was extensively damaged as a result.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incidents or anyone with any information that can assist with the investigation to contact officers in Strandtown Police Station on 101 quoting reference 362 22/10/17.

Or, alternatively if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Police issue fresh appeal over Finaghy murder

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Police have released a photograph of Anne O'Neill as they continue to appeal for information around her murder.

The 51-year-old died after suffering head injuries at a house on Ardmore Avenue, Finaghy on Saturday morning.

Sinn Féin MLA Máirtin Ó Muilleoir said local people reported hearing a woman's screams around the time of the attack.

Detective Chief Inspector Geoffrey Boyce said: “I am appealing for anyone who resides in the Ardmore Avenue and Ardmore Park area of Finaghy and who have CCTV installed at their address to contact detectives at Musgrave Police Station on 101 quoting reference 338 21/10/17.”

It is understood Anne's neighbours had CCTV fitted around their homes and detectives hope to be able to see the footage as they carry out their investigation.

Two men, aged 23 and 27, arrested on suspicion of murder remain in police custody.

Man suffers serious head injuries in assault

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A man in his 30's has suffered serious head injuries after he was assaulted by a group of men in Londonderry.

Shortly after 2am, police received reports of a fight on Newmarket street and on Sunday morning a PSNI spokesperson said they were appealing for witnesses to a serious assault.

The injured man has been taken to hospital for treatment.

Anyone with information regarding the assault is asked to contact the Strand Road station on 101, quoting reference 209 on the 22/10/2017.

Or, alternatively if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

An area of Newmarket Street remains closed this morning while police conduct follow-up enquiries into the incident.

Glens win away in rainy conditions

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First-half goals from Curtis Allen and Calum Birney gave Glentoran all three points at Stangmore Park.

Gary Haveron's side were a goal up within four minutes, with Allen getting ahead of his marker to nod the Glens into an early lead.

They doubled their advantage shortly after, with Calum Birney first to react after Dungannon failed to clear from a free-kick.

Both sides had further chances to score, but rainy conditions made it difficult for Dungannon to put together the passes as they sought to get back into the game.

The win puts Glentoran in fourth, behind Belfast rivals Linfield on goal difference.

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Ballymena battered by Glenavon

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GLENAVON 4-0 BALLYMENA UNITED

It was a day to forget for Ballymena United and David Jeffrey as a rampant first half laid the foundations for a comfortable Glenavon win at Mourneview Park.

Glenavon were presented with the lead inside the first quarter-of-an-hour when Andrew Mitchell's effort was fumbled by United goalkeeper Conor Brennan, and ended up in the net.

It could have been 2-0 just after the 20 minute mark to the Lurgan Blues, but Daniels hit the side-netting.

However Glenavon did go 2-up soon after, Mitchell with a stupendous effort into the net.

Glenavon were running rampant, and went 3-0 to the good before the interval.

Bobby Burns closed down Michael Gault and he bore down on goal before slipping it into the corner of the net.

Kyle Owens was then dismissed for David Jeffrey's side to compound their misery after he took down Burns.

Hall then scored a stupendous goal from 35 yards out, the free-kick flying into the back of the net.

That was Glenavon's 35th goal in nine games across all competitions this season at Mourneview.

In the second half the pace of the game dropped dramatically with Glenavon seemingly content with the four, and Ballymena on a damage limitation exercise.

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