Police appeal for calm in Carrick

Police appeal for calm in Carrick

Police have appealed for calm in Carrickfergus after receiving intelligence to suggest loyalist paramilitaries were considering another night of violence in the Co Antrim town.

Violence erupted in Hollies and Woodburn areas of the town where a van was hijacked and burnt out, bins were set alight and masked men were spotted on the streets on Thursday night.Police said up to 50 people were involved in the disorder.They said the group dispersed when police entered the area. No-one was injured.The incident has been linked to UDA violence in Larne almost two weeks ago, when crowds of up to 100 people were involved in violence scenes.Police believe the south-east Antrim division of the paramilitary group is behind the trouble.They said additional police resources and contingencies have been put in place.We will simply not allow these groups to wreak havoc. We do not want to see anyone get hurt or see any damage caused.Assistant Chief Constable Will KerrCommenting on the disorder, Area Commander Chief Inspector Stephen Reid said: "We are treating this very seriously and I want to reassure the people of Carrickfergus that it is our job to keep them safe and to bring those people responsible for such disorder before the courts."He added: "Police will be closely monitoring the area over the coming days."I would encourage the community to continue sharing information with us and would like to assure them that police are committed to working with them to tackle this type of criminal activity."There were no reports of any violence in the area on Friday night.Anyone with information is asked to contact Newtownabbey Police Station on the non-emergency number 101.


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