Release over Alliance paint attack

Published Wednesday, 16 January 2013
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A 40-year-old man, who was arrested in Bangor by police investigating an attack on the home of two Alliance councillors, has been released.

Release over Alliance paint attack
The home of the Bower family, who are Alliance councillors, was targeted. (© PA)

Paint was thrown and a window was broken at Michael and Christine Bower's home in the Carnalea area of the Co Down town on 5 December.

A man was detained on Tuesday and questioned in connection with criminal damage.

Police said he has now been released pending further inquiries.

A number of properties belonging to the Alliance party have been attacked in recent weeks, following changes to the flag policy at Belfast City Hall.

Nationalists on Belfast City Council wanted to stop flying the Union flag altogether, while unionists opposed the move.

Alliance, which holds the balance of power on the council, put forward the compromise which saw the flag flown on designated days.

Protests have taken place across Northern Ireland in the wake of the changes.

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