An attack on the home of a Polish family on Tuesday night in Co Londonderry is being treated by police as a ‘hate crime’.
The incident happened around 11pm on Tuesday when a piece of concrete was thrown through the front window of their home at Rockview Park in Moneymore.
The Polish couple who have been living in Moneymore for two years have five children ranging from 12-years to five-months.
Ulster Unionist MLA for Mid-Ulster, Sandra Overend has condemned the attack.
“I was shocked and disgusted to hear that a Polish family have been subjected to harassment and intimidation in their home in Moneymore,” she said. “This sickening attack, which has been described by the PSNI as a hate crime, is completely wrong, and I condemn it entirely. There is no room for crime like this in a modern society. The incident, however, does appear to be isolated.”
SDLP Councillor for the area, Christine McFlynn, said the family have “endured verbal abuse and physical attacks”.
She said the piece of concrete was thrown into a room “where a young child lay asleep in a cot”.
She added this was the 13th incident of harassment on the family since June.
“These people now feel that they have no choice to leave the area for the safety of their five children,” she said. She appealed for anyone with information to contact the PSNI.