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Family home of Fulham ace Baird petrol bombed

The home of the mother of Northern Ireland and Fulham footballer Chris Baird has been attacked in Rasharkin, County Antrim, reports the BBC.

A petrol bomb was thrown at the front window of the house in Wallace Park at 0345 BST on Sunday. The flames were put out by a passer-by.

A number of people inside escaped injury. Police said a sectarian motive was one line of enquiry.

Later on Sunday, a bullet was pushed through another family's letterbox.

That incident - on a Protestant family - is also being treated as sectarian. A brick was also thrown at their house.

Rasharkin is a religiously mixed village, though with a Catholic majority.

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