Further attack on Alliance office

Published Thursday, 01 May 2014
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The Alliance Party's office in east Belfast has been attacked for a second night in a row.

Further attack on Alliance office
The offices have been subjected to numerous attacks over the past 18 months. (© UTV)

Police said the office on the Upper Newtownards Roads was attacked with a petrol bomb and paint bomb in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Damage was caused to the shutters of the office.

A police spokesman said: "Shortly before 4am, police on patrol in the area noticed paint damage to the shutters at the front of the premises.

"Upon further examination it was discovered that a paint bomb had been thrown at the property.

"The remains of a burnt out petrol bomb was also discovered at the front of the premises."

CCTV footage showed at least one person throwing a paint bomb and then a petrol bomb which landed on the pavement.

It comes after the building, which is the office of MP Naomi Long, was attacked by four men with seven petrol bombs on Tuesday night.

Local Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle said: "This is an attack on the values of the vast majority of people in East Belfast. It is an attack on lives and livelihoods in east Belfast. We need it to stop, we need people with information to bring that to the police and we need people to stand clearly together against this type of attack.

"There is clearly a small number of individuals, dangerous individuals who are intent in terrorising people in east Belfast and we need to see the police working in a co-ordinated way against that. We need to see political leaders standing clearly against this as well."

Police are appealing for information.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Scundered in Limavady wrote (274 days ago):
Ridiculous,put in a covert op for a few nights and catch the gangsters. You will find they are the minows sent out by ulsters finest to do the dirty work. Very poor condemnation from unionists politicians. If this was happening to one their offices it would be blue murder. I thought we lived in a democracy. Fair play to naomi long and her staff.
alliance in lalaland wrote (274 days ago):
chris lyttle clearly dosnt understand what people consider vast majority to mean as i dont know one person who is going to vote for these sf puppets in the east !! i dont agree with the attacks as i think people should just show them what they think come the elections and show them the door that way.
Ronniebhoy in Derry wrote (274 days ago):
Where is the Loyalist & unionist politicians coming out to condemm this terrible attack.
lucylou in belfast wrote (274 days ago):
One lot petrol bombing political offices etc etc another lot planting pipe bombs etc etc. The 'president' of largest political party in the north being questioned re possible involvement in Mrs McConvilles abduction and murder. More hate than ever simmering under the surface and those in political office[ with the exception of a few] cannot, at times, utter half a dozen words without sounding like they are heading up a 'see how much we can hate themuns' campaign. Police service expected to do their job with hands tied behind their backs while being all things to all people who only give a grudging support if they are ''sorting out the OTHER side''. What a shambles this place is. What price 'peace?' eh!!
Paramilitary out in East Belfast wrote (274 days ago):
The UVF is a disease that needs eradicted, along with IRA UDA etc just get a life and a real job like the rest of us trying to live out peaceful lives
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