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Teens in court over race attacks

A boarded up house
Many Romanian homes were attacked and vandalised

Two boys, aged 15 and 16, charged in connection with the intimidation of Romanians in Belfast are to appear before the city's magistrates' court.

Both have been charged with provocative behaviour. The 15-year-old is also charged with intimidation.

They were arrested in the wake of vandalism and attacks on the homes of more than 100 Romanian migrants.

An inter-denominational service in support of the families was held in south Belfast on Sunday night.

Organisers said the service at Fitzroy Presbyterian Church would give people the opportunity to "express solidarity with the stranger in our midst as well as sorrow and shame at the racist attacks that have taken place on our community".

On Saturday, a crowd of about 200 people attended an anti-racism rally at Belfast City Hall.

The attacks forced the Romanian people to leave their homes and seek refuge in a church hall.

A number of Romanian families had to leave their homes on Tuesday and were housed in temporary accommodation.

A Romanian family was also attacked in east Belfast on Wednesday when a window was smashed in their home on the Upper Newtownards Road.



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