Workers threatened at Coulter home

Published Thursday, 05 December 2013
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Housing Executive staff have been forced out of an area in west Belfast after they were threatened while they worked on a house that was targeted in an arson attack.

Workers threatened at Coulter home
Tracey Coulter at the scene of the arson attack. (© UTV)

The workers were involved in repairing the damage caused to the home of Tracey Coulter in the Shankill area on Sunday.

"The Housing Executive can confirm that its workers have been asked to leave that specific area," a spokesperson said.

"The safety of our staff is paramount and we are liaising with the PSNI and community representatives in an effort to have the issue resolved as quickly as possible."

Ms Coulter had been involved in a high-profile campaign to expose what she claims as UDA involvement in drug dealing and blamed loyalist paramilitaries for setting fire to her home.

She said the workers were not able to finish the repair work because of the intimidation.

She blamed the UDA for the latest incident and called on unionist representatives in the area to condemn those responsible.

A top loyalist was convicted last Friday of head-butting her during a confrontation over drugs in July. He is due to be sentenced in January.

A police spokesperson said they were unable to comment on the personal security of any individuals.

They added: "However, if we receive information that a person's life may be at risk we will inform the relevant person accordingly."

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Scott in Dunmurry wrote (136 days ago):
This woman is very brave and really should be running this country instead of them useless politicians that do! The problem with Northern Ireland is that people know exactly what goes on in their areas but say nothing. Don't let these thugs put anyone off doing what this woman is doing, as after all she is fighting to improve this place
Mackers in Belshaft wrote (136 days ago):
How can their be peace when both sides hate the sight of each other.and thats a votes here.
MacDerry in In Derry wrote (136 days ago):
What in under of god why would anybody want to head butt a woman AineDerry you are so rite take the force and power to stop these muppettss it is not rite to do such thing we all need to move on now:)
Ciaran in Carnlough wrote (136 days ago):
Where's all the condemnation from Unionist politicians?It's about time they accepted loyalist paramilitaries run working class areas.
paul in bangor wrote (136 days ago):
what nice people to threaten these men trying to earn a living, lets hope the p.s.n.i. make arrests and let these wasters face a judge.
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