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Concern at second abduction attempt in North Belfast

30 April, 2004

Sinn Féin North Belfast MLA Kathy Stanton has expressed alarm after the attempted abduction of a 14-year old school boy on his way to school in North Belfast this morning. Ms Stanton said:

"The 14-year-old St Patrick's College School pupil was on his way to school this morning at about 8.30 when he was approached by two men driving a red car as he made his way from the Cliftonville Road to school on the Antrim Road past Brookfield. The schoolboy was asked if he was a Catholic and then the men attempted to abduct him.

"This is the second attempted abduction of a Catholic in this area within the past week. The earlier incident, that also involved a St Patrick's college schoolboy, occurred in the Newington area less than 100 yards away from this latest incident.

"I would urge nationalists throughout North Belfast to be extremely vigilant as there appears to be a concerted effort by a unionist paramilitary group to abduct a Catholic.

"This appear to be part of a pattern increasing unionist paramilitary activity throughout North Belfast which will only increase tensions in the run up to the Orange Order marching season." ENDS

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