Arrests follow ‘race hate crime’

POLICE were treating an incident at a Polish household in the Carnany area of Ballymoney as a racist hate crime.

Three arrests were made and a 19-year-old man was due to appear before court on Monday in connection with the incident around 3.30am on Sunday at Carnany Park.

Two others were released pending the preparation of a report for the Public Prosecution Service.

Police say they received a report windows were smashed in a house and a male assaulted a resident and that initially people in the area reported that a knife was used. However, no knife was recovered.

It is understood police did recover a plank of wood with nails in it.

When police arrived at the scene, they were obstructed by a number of people who came from a nearby house.

A 19-year-old man was arrested for assault, possession of an offensive weapon and criminal damage. Two other males were arrested for public order offences and assault on police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Ballymoney CID on 08456008000 or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.