Police in north Belfast are appealing for information following a report of a burglary at residential premises in the York Road area.

Local Policing Inspector Adams said: “The residents of the property reported that they were awakened at around 11.25pm on Friday, 1st September by windows in their property being smashed. A number of masked men then made their way into the property before attempting to gain entry to the bedroom. After kicking the door repeatedly they left the property.

“Damage was caused to the living room and front bedroom windows.

“This was a terrifying incident for the residents, who had to barricade themselves in their bedroom for safety.  They believe that they were targeted because of their religion and as such we are treating this burglary as a sectarian hate crime.

“If you have information regarding this incident, or witnessed anyone acting suspiciously in the area, please contact us on 101. The reference number to quote is 2051 of 01/09/23. Police would also be keen to obtain any dashcam footage recorded in the area at the time.”

A report can be submitted online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/ or you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/