Plea to politicians over racist attacks

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Political leaders must do more to stop attacks on members of the Polish community in Belfast, the Honorary Polish Council has said.

Jerome Mullen was speaking after the latest in a spate of incidents where racists smashed the window of a house in the Tiger’s Bay area.

Mr Mullen said the first and deputy first ministers had a role to play and that leadership “must come from the top to have this stamped out once and for all”.

On Friday night, two men were seen fleeing the scene after the damage was caused at Mountcollyer Avenue around 9.30pm.

Last Monday, two Polish families with young children were threatened by a gang of men and had the windows of their houses broken.

Mr Mullen told the BBC: “The police have only made one arrest - that clearly is because they haven’t got sufficient information to identify the people perpetrating these crimes.”

The DUP’s Nigel Dodds said those responsible are causing “great harm” to their community, while Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness called for a “zero tolerance” approach to racism.