Police in Northern Ireland are treating an overnight arson attack on a church as a hate crime.

Scorch damage was caused to the front door of the St Mary's Star of Sea church in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim.

It is the latest in a number of attacks on the Catholic place of worship.
It is believed sectarian vandals poured flammable liquid on the church and set it alight shortly before 1.30am.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said they are treating the attack as a hate crime.

They have appealed for witnesses to come forward.