Sinn Féin demand additional support as PSNI probe loyalist role
Sinn Féin has said the PSNI have now confirmed loyalist paramilitary involvement is a ‘strong line of inquiry’ behind a threat, which has forced several Catholic families to flee their South Belfast homes.
A Sinn Féin delegation including South Belfast MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir and North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly met with senior PSNI officers today and, afterwards, called for additional support for the affected families.
Máirtín Ó Muilleoir commented: “Four families have so far left their homes in the Cantrell Close development due to the threat and the PSNI today confirmed that loyalist paramilitary involvement is a strong line of inquiry. It remains our view that the organisation responsible is the East Belfast UVF.
"Clearly that raises serious questions about the level of support offered to the affected families, particularly in terms of providing additional security and today the police provided reassurance that they would be stepping up security in the area.
"Some of those threatened are still in their homes, five days after police officers visited them in the middle of the night to warn of the threat against them and there has been a lack of information regarding what is being done to assist them. These families need to know that every possible step is being taken to protect them and there is an onus on all political, community and statutory leaders to stand firmly by the families affected.
"That includes providing immediate assistance to those families forced to leave in order to ensure they are rehomed in suitable properties without any further delay."