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Racist graffiti daubed on east Belfast community centre

Graffiti daubed on the walls of the centre at Inverary Avenue.

Anti-Muslim and racist graffiti has been daubed on an east Belfast community centre.

A pig’s head was also placed against the shutters of the Inverary Community Centre in the early hours of Saturday.

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Local DUP councillor George Dorrian has branded the act “futile and shameful”.

“Nothing could possibly justify any attack such as this,” he said.

“Clearly somebody decided to come out and creep out in the middle of the night and put these remarks up.

“This is a good area, there’s a lot of good work going on in the area, it’s very diverse in terms of the local community, it's a mixed area, very vibrant and close to the city centre, it’s not known for this sort of thing.

“People that I have spoken to are disgusted, there’s a lot of good work going on and we should continue with that.”

Police are treating the incident as a hate crime and are appealing for anyone who saw anything to contact them on 101, quoting reference 290 of 23/09/17, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Inspector McCormick added: “Hate crime, in all its forms, is totally unacceptable. It is the responsibility of each and every one of us to ensure that we live in a society where diversity is respected.

“If you or someone you know is the victim of a hate crime please contact police or your local support agency. For more information visit https://www.psni.police.uk/crime/hate-crime/here-to-help/