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McCann slams Broadway rioters

12 July, 2011 - by Jennifer McCann

Sinn Féin MLA for West Belfast Jennifer McCann has slammed those responsible for last nights riot at Broadway and urged young people not to get caught up is such behaviour.

Speaking today Ms McCann said:

"Last nights riot was caused by anti social element coming together at one spot in West Belfast, attacking the police and destroying the local area. There was clearly no rationale for gathering last night at Broadway other than the purpose of having a riot.

"Those behind it  are not welcome here and they are the very same people who are responsible for anti social behaviour throughout the year within west Belfast.

"They have left this community in shock. Children were terrified in their homes, people were  fearful that their cars might be hijacked, people were fearful that their homes might be attacked.

"When it is all done what we have is the local community having to pick up the pieces.

"I am appealing to young people who may be caught up in this behaviour and to stay away from Broadway, Ardoyne or anywhere else there may be a chance of trouble. The local community and residents are working hard to stop such activity and we will continue to do so."

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