Banners attacked at Twaddell camp

Published Friday, 27 December 2013
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Police are investigating reports of a knife attack on the loyalist protest camp at Twaddell Avenue in north Belfast.

Banners attacked at Twaddell camp
PUP representative Winston Irvine tweeted a photograph of banners at the camp. (© Winston Irvine)

A number of banners were slashed by two men at around 8.50am on Friday.

The attackers, both described as wearing hooded tops and armed with knives, made off on foot in the direction of the Ardoyne Road.

Police said: "Enquiries are ongoing and police would ask anyone with any information to contact them in Grosvenor Road on 0845 600 8000."

The protest camp was set up earlier this year after the Parades Commission placed restrictions on bands passing the Ardoyne shop fronts in north Belfast on the Twelfth.

North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds has condemned what happened.

The DUP man said: "There were two women present in the Civil Rights Camp at the time of the knife attack and whilst they were not directly threatened it will have been a terrifying incident for them, particularly as there was no police presence at the time.

"It is a cause of huge concern that there was no police presence at Ardoyne roundabout at the time of the knife attack. The DUP will be seeking a meeting with the PSNI District Commander in the wake of these attacks."

© UTV News
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74 Comments
K in Armagh wrote (115 days ago):
My son is getting treatment for cancer in the royal hospital and sometimes his treatment is delayed due to lack of beds, but sure let's waste more time and money on wrecked banners and protests things that seem more important to our MP's rather than treating the sick children of NI. Grow up and deal with real problems for a change.
big p in belfast wrote (116 days ago):
Shame on you dup, why should the police be present there 24/7 when they are needed to deal with real crimes an protect the working tax payers of the city by catching some of those responsible for the bombs placed around the city over christmas instead of the layabout loyalist protesters who collect the dole an drain our tax money away on this. You have defiantly lost my vote after those comments.
Joe.L in Belfast wrote (116 days ago):
Hyprocite Dodds at his old tricks again I see, nice to hear your concerned about the two ladies present at the camp and demanding a police investigation, just a pity you weren't as concerned about Tracie Coulter who had to endure a lot more than a slashed banner, never heard you ask for a police investigation then, very sinister eh Dodsey?
john in limavady wrote (116 days ago):
oh my god...where i work in supermarket people b arressted everyday if it was against law to cut bit off plastic sad people....this wont get posted in comments and i will b contacting utv to see why
uncivil rights camp in twaddell wrote (116 days ago):
Civil rights camp? It's not exactly the civil rights march on Washington now is it? Half a dozen morons in a caravan whining because they can't mark their territory like a dog urinating on a lamp post! I have heard it all now! Dodds is an idiot!
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