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Kerr - Catholic Family Home Attacked in South Derry

12 August, 2003

Commenting on an attack last night on the newly built home of a Catholic family in Desertmartin, South Derry, local Sinn Féin Councillor Sean Kerr said:

" This Catholic family were preparing to move into their newly built home in the Desertmartin area. This despite the fact that loyalists have already attacked the home five times during its construction.

" There is clearly a very active group of unionist paramilitaries operating in the South Derry area at this time. There have been attempts to intimidate Catholics from areas in Magherafelt and now we have this sectarian attack in Desertmartin.

" I would call on the political leadership of unionism in this area to make it clear to the paramilitaries operating from within their community that sectarian attacks on Catholics must stop. This family must be allowed to move into their home without fear of further threat or attack." ENDS

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