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Sectarian attacks continue in Ballymena

11 December, 2006

North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Philip McGuigan has condemned the latest sectarian attack on a Catholic teenager in Ballymena. The attack resulted in the 17-year-old, who is from Martinstown, being hospitalised.   Mr McGuigan said:   "This latest sectarian attack in Ballymena again highlights the need for young nationalists to be extremely vigilant in the town. Local people have informed me that there was a gang of loyalists driving around the town intent on carrying out an attack last night and this is obviously the end result of that.    "It is obvious from this that there are those from within the loyalist community who have not learned from, or worse, have no concern about this activity even after the tragic death of Michael McIlveen. I have always said that political leadership, particulary from within the unionist community, is needed to bring this to an end, and that is still quite clearly lacking." ENDS

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