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Catholic woman taken to hospital after home attacked in Ardoyne

17 June, 2005

North Belfast Sinn Féin Assembly member Cathy Stanton has accused unionist paramilitaries of attempting to heighten tensions ahead of the Tour of the North after a Catholic woman had her home attacked in Kerrera Street in the early hours of the morning.

Ms Stanton said:

"At around 5am this morning a car pulled up outside the home of an elderly catholic woman in Kerrera Street in Ardoyne. Loyalist slogans were shouted and the windows on the front of the house were smashed. The woman has since been taken to hospital suffering from heart problems.

"Last nights attack on the home of this vulnerable woman has obviously caused anger within the local community. It is my firm belief that the purpose behind it was to heighten tensions ahead of tonight's Orange Order Tour of the North parade. I would appeal to local people to remain calm in the face of this provocation from unionist paramilitaries." ENDS

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