Three charged over Twaddell flag attack

Published Tuesday, 22 April 2014
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Two men and a woman have been charged by police investigating damage to loyalist flags and banners at the Twaddell Avenue protest camp in north Belfast.

Three charged over Twaddell flag attack
The camp was established last summer. (© UTV)

Just after 7.30am on Tuesday morning it was reported that a number of flags and banners were damaged in the area.

It is believed three people were seen making off toward the Brompton Park area shortly after the incident - which police have been treating as a hate crime.

Two men, 21 and 22, have been charged with criminal damage and provocative conduct, while a woman, 20, faces the same charges plus theft.

All three are due to appear before Belfast Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

The Twaddell Avenue protest camp was established following a Parades Commission determination restricting three Orange lodges from passing the Ardoyne shops for their return parade on the Twelfth of July.

The camp has been manned ever since and Orangemen and their supporters hold nightly protests over the decision.

© UTV News
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93 Comments
henry in ireland wrote (241 days ago):
this is the only publicity that this camp can hope for, no one cares about it any more as its always empty with its gates locked..... all thats left is a colourfull dump, time for the council to reclaim its property from the clowns who run this circus
culchy in the stix wrote (241 days ago):
@Tony Maronie, it's Protestant, not prodestant, or huns. Perhaps if you did a bit of research into the history of the Catholic Church and why Protestantism came about, you might become one too. By the way, Ardoyne is still part of the UK, as is Newcastle, like it or not, them's the facts.
Trust in Me wrote (242 days ago):
David in belfast. You looking at the 1931 census??? 2011 45% see themselves as being from a catholic background and 48% see themselves as being from a protestant background. You are either a numpty or cannot google. Check it out on either assembly website or NISRA. Where do you think the 49% catholic and 42% protestant in Belfast claim came from? But in reality these figures are irrelavant. As 90% of both dont actually attend church and are really not any religion. They were just born into one so claim they are from that "background". I would bet David you are one of them. So wise up and see the big picture. We are all the same really so stop trying to wind up the so called "other side" and try living together in peace looking forward not backwards. Im proud to be from a mixed background.
JJ in Belfast wrote (242 days ago):
@david in Belfast. Dont know where your getting your figures from must be only SF v the rest its nearly 50/50 at present and the nationalists are still growing in numbers.
john in crumlin wrote (242 days ago):
David in Belfast who really cares. the part they want to march would be a major insult and disruption to the Catholic residents it doesn't matter if their was only 2% it's still won't go ahead where it's not welcome or wanted so move on you dinosaur.
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