Police in Northern Ireland are working to establish who was behind a series of anti-Islamic leaflets posted through letterboxes in parts of Belfast.

Officers are treating the incident in the southeast of the city as a hate crime.

Racist leaflets from a group calling itself Generation Sparta were hand-delivered to homes in the Ravenhill area.

DUP Assembly member Christopher Stalford condemned the action, while Sinn Féin MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir described the leaflets as "fascist and Islamophobic".

Ulster Unionist councillor for the area Chris McGimpsey added: "This behaviour is completely unwanted and does not reflect the people of the lower Ravenhill Road area".

PSNI Chief Inspector David Moore said: "We are treating this as a hate incident at present and we are making a number of inquiries.

"The Police Service of Northern Ireland continues to make it clear that hate crime, in any form, is unacceptable.

"Each of us has a responsibility to ensure that we live in a society where diversity is respected.

"We in PSNI are working with our partners across the public, private and voluntary sectors to provide reassurance, support to victims and promote tolerance and respect for all cultures and identities."