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Attack on Community Restorative Justice offices

31 May, 2004

Sinn Féin Assembly member for West Belfast Michael Ferguson has hit out at those responsible for leaving an explosive device outside the offices of Community Restorative Justice in Andersonstown last night.

Mr Ferguson said:

" At around 3am last night an explosive device was left outside the offices of the Community Restorative Justice programme in Slemish Way. The area was evacuated and much disruption was caused to the local community.

" At this stage we are not yet sure of the motives of those behind this attack. However what I can say is that people locally are angry at this incident. CRJ provide a crucial mediation role within this community and this attack is being viewed as an attack on the wider community in this part of West Belfast.

" I would call on those responsible for this attack to come to their senses and get off the backs of the community. This sort of attack will not prevent people organising community projects and coming together to work for the benefit of the entire West Belfast community." ENDS

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