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Homes attacked in Short Strand

5 July, 2005

East Belfast Sinn Féin Representative Deborah Devenny today blamed loyalists for attacking a number of homes in the Short Strand area over the weekend.

Ms Devenny said:

" On Saturday night a loyalist gang was seen by local people coming down the Mountpottinger Road and throwing stones and bottles at a number of nationalist homes in the Short Strand.

" Windows were broken and minor damage was caused to a number of homes. The gang was then seen running away from the scene.

" These attacks obviously came in the wake of the weekend Orange Order and UVF parade past the Short Strand and tensions were obviously running high. I would appeal to nationalists in the area to remain vigilant in the days approaching the twelfth." ENDS

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