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Youths target innocent family simply because of ‘race and nationality’

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A group of youths attacked the home of a family in Portadown simply because of their race and nationality, police have claimed.

PSNI in Craigavon are once again appealing for parents in Portadown to be aware of where their children are following an attack on a home in the Ballyoran Park area which they say caused “significant amounts of harm”.

“These youths have taken it upon themselves to target a resident of your community in an attack on their home, a family who have done nothing to warrant any type of trouble, targeted simply because of their race and nationality,” the PSNI spokesperson explained.

“This is a crime motivated by hate and as such we, as a police force, take this matter incredibly seriously. We want answers.

“This is completely unacceptable for anyone in our community to behave in this appalling manner, a gang of people targeting a family simply because they are different. It’s time to stop!

“If you were in Ballyoran Park last night (Wednesday) around 6pm and saw a group of young people throwing objects at a house please get in touch, we want to hear from you. Tell us the names of the people causing these issues and we can try and do something about it.”

The Police reference number is 1188 of 19/12/18

The officer added: “This is an ongoing problem for many residents in the area, parents who don’t know where their kids are at night need to step up and take some responsibility, if you don’t know where your child is find out.”

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