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Sinn Fein condemns loyalist intimidation of Nationalists in Heights area of Coleraine

8 August, 2008


Sinn Fein condemns loyalist intimidation of Nationalists in Heights area of Coleraine

Coleraine Sinn Fein have condemned the loyalist intimidation of nationalists living in the Heights areas of Coleraine after it was reported that a large gang of Loyalists made their way to a bonfire being erected at the top of Somerset Drive at 6am on Friday 8th August. They set fire to the bonfire and danced around it singing loyalist songs. The PSNI had been notified at 5.45am that the gang were on their way.

Local Sinn Fein councillor Billy Leonard said that calls were also made to the PSNI as soon as locals realised what was happening but that when the PSNI arrived at the bonfire they watched the loyalists but took no action.

The Fire Brigade was also called but when they arrived the bonfire was already burning so they took no action either.

Cllr Leonard added:

"Residents living in the surrounding estates were understandably terrified and claim that the incident escalated the already heightened tension in the area.

"They also claim that the incident came about as a direct result of recent media reports from unionist representatives." ENDS

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