Police appeal for calm in Carrick

Published Friday, 11 April 2014
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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.

Police appeal for calm in Carrick
A vehicle was hijacked and burnt out during the disturbances in Carrickfergus. (© UTV)

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 Kerr

Commenting 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.

© UTV News
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8 Comments
PB in BELFAST wrote (163 days ago):
Why is this tollerated?
Brian in Belfast wrote (164 days ago):
Just looking at the photo above, someone's good car destroyed. Probably someone who goes out and works hard.Something else needs to be done to put those thugs away for a long time. Words from police and useless politicians are no good. Bring back the snatch squads.
Anonynous in Belfast wrote (165 days ago):
Emm..arrest them??
j smith in belfast wrote (165 days ago):
can anyone explain the purpose of these so called uda people in Carrick ? they done nothing during the troubles in ulster except go round pubs with collecting boxes and now they seem to think if they wreck the town they will get noticed they can't all be that thick surely.
The Original "Observer" in Online - not in UK or anywhere else! wrote (165 days ago):
Paramilitary scumbags - go and crawl back under your stones - your not wanted in loyalist communities.
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