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Wednesday, 23 May, 2001, 14:28 GMT 15:28 UK
Police probe haggis 'hate crime'
Greater Manchester Police HQ
Greater Manchester Police are investigating the incident
A Scottish woman has had a haggis thrown through her front window in a possible racist attack, police have confirmed.

Christine MacKinnon, 45, from Rochdale, Greater Manchester, was the subject of verbal abuse telling her to go back to Scotland.

The attack happened on Sunday while Ms MacKinnon was on holiday in Dublin.

Greater Manchester Police say they are investigating the incident.

Her eldest daughter Nicola, 23, who had been looking after her siblings Ashley, 11 and Scott, 15, returned to find the traditional dish in the front room surrounded by broken glass.

Haggis
A haggis was thrown through the window

Ms MacKinnon said: "If I didn't feel so intimidated and frightened by all this I would find it quite funny. A haggis in your front room is just too ridiculous for words."

Ms MacKinnon, who moved to England from Glasgow when she was 11, said her family had been victimised for the last two years.

She said: "They chant and shout at me 'f-off back to Scotland'. They tease my daughter, who is deaf, and now she doesn't want to play outside."

A police spokeswoman said they were treating the incident as a "hate crime" and that the haggis had been removed for examination.

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