Robinson and McGuinness condemn Ballymena racist attacks

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -22nd November 2015''A burnt out car pictured on Dunclug Gardens in Ballymena was set on fire in an overnight arson attack which the police are treating as a hate crime. ''Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -22nd November 2015''A burnt out car pictured on Dunclug Gardens in Ballymena was set on fire in an overnight arson attack which the police are treating as a hate crime. ''Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

The First and deputy First Ministers have condemned the recent racist attacks in Ballymena.

The Ministers said: “The attack on a house last week and arson attacks on two cars in Ballymena over the weekend are simply not acceptable.

“Thankfully no one was injured in these attacks but the entire community must unite and reject this behaviour which exudes intolerance, ignorance and zero respect for humanity.

“We urge anyone with any information relating to these attacks to bring it to the PSNI.

“Many families have sons, daughters or close family members dotted around the globe and they must consider how they would feel if they were being attacked or singled out because of their race, colour or nationality.

“We must make every effort to create the conditions where we are welcoming and everyone feels part of the community,” Mr Robinson and Mr McGuinness stated.