Protest held over attacks at interface

Published Tuesday, 04 February 2014
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A silent protest has been held at a north Belfast interface following a spate of attacks on a number of properties in the area.

Protest held over attacks at interface
DUP delegates at the protest on Tuesday evening. (© UTV)

Elderly residents in the Workman Avenue area have said bricks and stones have been thrown, damaging their homes and cars on a number of occasions.

Around 100 local residents gathered at the peace-line near the Springfield Road on Tuesday evening to call for an end to the attacks.

Richard Russell, who is in his 80s, lives in the area and recently had his car damaged.

"They are throwing stones, bricks and bottles over the fence and it's smashing on top of our bungalows," he said.

"One went right over and smashed the windscreen on my car. At night-time you are lying thinking 'is it going happen again?'"

"It's very important that we come out here to show our protest about what is going on in this district."

Violet Andrews has also experienced trouble where she lives.

"We've had stones thrown over before. From when we moved in, it has been happening, but this past couple of nights it got worse.

"My next door neighbour got the worst of it, he actually got the windscreen of his car smashed, they were in bed at the time."

The 79-year-old resident called for engagement in the community to try and bring the incidents to an end.

She added: "We want to live in peace - we don't want any trouble."

Police have said they are investigating incidents of damage to a house and car in the area during the week and asked anyone with information to contact them at either Tennent Street Police Station or Grosvenor Road Police Station.

© UTV News
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2 Comments
Rab in Belfast wrote (320 days ago):
These bigots should let people live there lives in peace give them respect.......and get a life!
Woodvale ron in Belfast wrote (321 days ago):
The psni seem to have plenty of resources for a peaceful protest at twadell so why none for workman avenue do i smell double standards ?
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