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Sinn Féin slams sectarian attacks on Crumlin Road houses

3 April, 2004

Sinn Fein Councillor for Ardoyne Margaret McClenaghan has slammed last night's sectarian attacks on several catholic homes. The attacks, which took place on the Crumlin Road around 1:30am, saw eight homes attacked with five of them having windows smashed.

Speaking today Cllr McClenaghan said:

"These sectarian attacks are completely unprovoked and unjustifiable. Nationalists in north Belfast are becoming increasingly concerned about the rising number of attacks over the past weeks and they are afraid that it is an attempt to heighten tensions before the marching season.

"At around midnight a large group of loyalist youths attacked the houses and then ran into Heskith Road. Some of the houses attacked are family homes and one was the home of an eighty-two year old woman.

"I am calling on all nationalists to be vigilant in the coming weeks. Certainly there are elements within loyalism that will use the current political vacuum to raise tensions over the marching season by attacking nationalist and their property." ENDS

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