Petrol bomb factory found near interface

Published Wednesday, 26 June 2013
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Police investigating a spate of attacks in east Belfast have uncovered a "petrol bomb factory", plus stashes of ammunition and fireworks.

Petrol bomb factory found near interface
The arrests come amid heightened tensions in the area. (© UTV)

The factory was found during searches at a disused premises at Tower Street on Wednesday.

It has been dismantled and items have been taken away for examination.

Meanwhile, police said three people were arrested after a search at Tower Court led to the seizure of ammunition and fireworks.

PSNI Chief Inspector Mark McEwan said: "These seizures are significant and are a clear indication of our ongoing commitment to working with local communities to keep them safe.

"There has been an increase in tensions at the interface, following a number of incidents that have occurred in both communities, over recent days."

The discovery comes after a period of heightened tensions at the east Belfast interface.

Reports have been made of petrol bomb attacks on either side of the peace wall, affecting residents in areas including the Short Strand and Cluan Place.

Welcoming the find, East Belfast DUP MLA Robin Newton said: "This discovery will build on on-going efforts of local community workers who are prepared to engage across the divide to maintain peace.

"Now is a time for responsible behaviour, calm words and cool heads to help protect those residents who live along both sides of the interface."

Local Sinn Féin councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile also welcomed the news.

"While a find of this nature will no doubt give many cause for concern, I welcome the fact that they have been taken off the streets," he said.

"It is vital that all residents at the interface are given this kind of reassurance.

"I would again call on everyone to show their support for residents living at the interfaces and call on those determined to cause trouble to heed their calls and stay away."

Police asked anyone with further information to come forward.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Michael in Templepatrick wrote (517 days ago):
But these people tell us Cluan Place is 'under siege'....
Ulster in EAST BELFAST wrote (518 days ago):
I'm sure they would find the same in the strand as well. Only difference is the police won't go in there because of dissident republicans in the area, they keep attacking the Protestants homes of cluan place nightly and stoning the houses at the bottom of the newtownards road.
Pepe Twinkletoes in Syria wrote (518 days ago):
@ bob Please pass on your details so I can supply you with the missing keys for your keyboard. You are obviously missing some keys like the letter 'G' as your comment indicates
Eamo in Belfast wrote (518 days ago):
To mark in Rathcoole. Sorry if you took it that way maybe you are a bit senditive about these things. But i was stating a fact that the short strand people could be reasured that at least one bomb factory was gone. If it had ben found in the strand then i would have said the same. This needs to stop the kids are paying the price look at tge 4 year old.
Ulysses32 in Belfast wrote (518 days ago):
Is this not a good thing for the area? What's with all the "what about themuns" comments?
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