Tyres slashed in ‘hate crime’

Police in Foyle are appealing for information following the report of a suspicious approach on the afternoon of Saturday October 4 in the Elmvale area.

Police in Foyle are appealing for information following the report of a suspicious approach on the afternoon of Saturday October 4 in the Elmvale area.

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Police are investigating two suspected hate crimes in the area of Rathlin Crest, off the Ballymoney Road, Ballymena after two cars were damaged.

Inspector Alison Ferguson said: “It is thought that sometime between Monday 16 February and Tuesday 17, a grey Audi had two tyres slashed.

“In a further incident between Tuesday and Wednesday evening, a Black Ford Mondeo had a tyre slashed. This also happened in Rathlin Crest, Ballymena.

“Both cars belong to members of the same family and we are treating the incidents as racially motivated hate crimes.”

If you can assist the investigation, please call police on the non-emergency number 101.