9 June 2005 Edition

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Eastern Europeans attacked

A ten-year-old schoolboy escaped injury and a Polish family had their car burned out in the latest string of racist attacks in County Armagh.

In the first attack just before midnight on Wednesday 1 June, pipe bombs were put through the letterbox of two houses at Brooke Manor and Milltown in Ahorey, near Richill, County Armagh.

A number of young Lithuanian men occupy one of the houses, while a Lithuanian family live in the other.

Neighbours described hearing two bangs and seeing smoke coming from one of the houses. The devices caused minor damage when they exploded and no one was injured.

In the early hours of last Sunday morning, a Polish family's Renault Clio was set alight outside their home in Orchard Park in Loughgall, also in County Armagh.

The family at the centre of the attack have had their home targeted before and have been verbally abused by racists.

Barbara Muldoon, of the Anti Racism Network said the PSNI must start to take racist crime more seriously. "We don't believe, despite the lip service that is being paid, that the PSNI is taking it as seriously as it should," she said.

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