Police probe east Belfast attacks ‘link’

Published Wednesday, 16 July 2014
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A police station in east Belfast which was petrol bombed over the weekend has been attacked again, along with a church and a community organisation in a spate of incidents which detectives believe may be linked.

The PSNI said it will be increasing its patrols in the Isthmus Street and Woodstock Road areas of the city in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour, following the latest attacks on Tuesday evening.

The first incident occurred when a petrol bomb was thrown at the shutters of a community-based organisation on Isthmus Street shortly after 7pm.

A paint bomb, stones and bottles were then thrown at Willowfield Police Station at 11.45pm, just days after it had been attacked with two petrol bombs on Sunday.

The front doors of St Anthony's Church, on the Woodstock Road, were also paint bombed overnight.

Police are appealing for information from anyone who was in the vicinity of any of these properties or who may have witnessed any suspicious activity.

Sergeant Declan White of the PSNI said: "These incidents have occurred within a relatively confined area and there may have been passer-bys or residents who may have witnessed suspicious behaviour and we would be very keen to hear from them.

"There have previously been reports of anti-social behaviour in these areas and police have been working with other agencies, over the course of the last number of months to tackle this behaviour.

"We will be increasing police patrols within the area in the coming days. We are investigating the possibility that all of these incidents are linked."

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A in EAST BELFAST wrote (197 days ago):
@M.B in belfast... Y has everythig that happens in east belfast got to do wif the U.V.F?? Do u have any evidence to support ur claim that it was this group?? i look forward to ur reply....
M.B. in Belfast wrote (197 days ago):
While there are good, decent people on both sides who condemn these incidents there is hope for us all. These attacks are disgusting and the police must move against the well known, notorious, front page, terrorist Godfathers who send these young people out to do these things. The world and his wife know the UVF gangsters who are behind this so why do they still walk the streets? That is what is baffling everyone.
John in Co.Armagh wrote (198 days ago):
Attacking places of worship is disgraceful and should be condemned by everyone, there is no justification for attacks on churches, OO, GAA halls or community centres, these mindless bigots need to cease there criminal activities.
Beersbridge in Beersbridge wrote (198 days ago):
Im a protestant in east belfast and dont agree with these attacks for one, who is the first people you let know if your hiuse is broken into, The PSNI As for alternatives in isthmus st, they are helping our children in organising residentials for our community And st anthonys roman catholic church Is a really nice parish and i would hate to see anything happen to it
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