It is understood the couple had been subjected to a race-hate campaign in the town over the last few months. Lo said that, if the victims of the attack wanted to stay in Ballyclare, the police and the local community should publicly rally around them.・・・・
"It is terrible that this couple were targeted, because the woman was from the Indian community. Indian people have lived and worked in Northern Ireland for decades. They have contributed to the business and social life of the province. They have brought a great deal to our society, unlike those behind the attack in Ballyclare, who have absolutely nothing to offer," she added.
A PSNI spokeswoman said that the two downstairs windows in the Ballyclare house were smashed soon after 5am yesterday, and a container of blazing flammable liquid thrown in. One of the householders fought the fire and managed to extinguish it before the fire service arrived. The couple were said to be uninjured but shaken by the incident, which police are treating a racist attack.
The father of the male victim criticised the PSNI's handling of the situation. Speaking yesterday from New Zealand, former police officer John Bowler said: "This was preconceived. They had to think about getting a breeze block and petrol. I would describe the attack as attempted murder."
He added that his son, and his wife Ajita, had been the targets of repeated racist abuse in Ballyclare, which the PSNI knew about.