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Police Ombudsman given detailed account of sectarian attacks in Stonetford

20 December, 2007


Sinn Féin MLA for Lagan Valley Paul Butler has given the Police Ombudsman Al Hutchinson a detailed account of the loyalist campaign of intimidation against the Catholic people of Stonyeford stretching back fifteen years.

He also highlighted concerns not no-one has ever been arrested for this campaign of sectarian intimidation.

Mr Butler said:

"I gave the Ombudsman a detailed account of the loyalist campaign of intimidation against the Catholic people of Stonyeford stretching back fifteen years.

"I was accompanied by a catholic resident of Stoneyford who is on the receiving end of this campaign and whose family has recently received a death threat from loyalists living in the village.

"My concern and indeed the concern of the catholic people of Stoneyford is that this gang is operating freely.

"The PSNI have not arrested a single person responsible for this sectarian intimidation despite knowing who is responsible for these attacks.

"A month ago Assistant Chief Constable Duncan Mc Causland told me that the main person behind these attacks was not a 'protected species' in other words not an informer.

"However I still believe that someone is protecting those involved in this campaign.

"The policing of Stoneyford is undoubtedly a test for the PSNI's commitment to police impartially.

"I am willing to co-operate with the PSNI in the discharge of their duty and I am encouraging people to assist the.

"But they have to deliver and bring an end to this threatening situation for the Catholics of Stoneyford." ENDS

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