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PSNI slams UDA ‘power trip’ in Larne

Crowds of up to 100 people were involved in disorder that started at around 8.40pm in the Knockdhu Park and Ferris Avenue areas of the Co Antrim town. Police who arrived at the scene were attacked and one officer required hospital treatment to a head injury. A family of five were inside one of the homes on Ferris Avenue when it was targeted. Its windows were smashed and damage was caused to the interior. A mother and her two sons living nearby also had their home and car both badly damaged. Police had made two arrests in the area on the previous afternoon following a fight involving five men. On Sunday several people were also assaulted at the scene- a man living at a property on Knockdhu Park was left seriously injured and was taken to hospital – where he remains in a stable condition. The police have confirmed his … Continue reading

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UDA’s Larne mob attack was aimed at brothers who stood up to terror gang

Forensic experts glimpsed through the smashed window of a car as they comb the scene in Larne’s Ferris Avenue for evidence BY CHRIS KILPATRICK – 01 April 2014 Up to 100 masked and armed UDA men laid siege on a housing estate after two brothers stood up to the terror gang. The huge mob, many wielding baseball bats and sledgehammers, descended on Larne on Sunday evening and set about destroying three properties in the town. Attempts were made to set fire to at least one of the houses while the occupants were inside. Two houses in the Ferris Avenue area, where two brothers lived, were gutted. Dozens of masked men smashed their way into the properties. A 15-year-old girl in one of the houses was chased upstairs. Sources said an altercation involving five men in Larne on Saturday afternoon – which left three hospitalised – was connected to Sunday’s attacks. … Continue reading

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Rampaging loyalist mob on a ‘power trip’ says police chief

A police chief has said a mob of loyalist paramilitaries who went on the rampage in Larne were on a “power trip”. Up to 100 people, many of them masked, descended on the co Antrim town on Sunday night ransacking homes and attacking residents and police. Sources have linked the terrifying scenes to an altercation on Saturday in which three people were injured. Two men aged 22 and 26 were arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage and assault in the Ferris Avenue area but were later released on conditional bail. Three men were taken to hospital for injuries which were not life-threatening. Police first received reports at around 7.40pm on Sunday of “a large number of paramilitary types” gathering in carrickfergus. About an hour later a mob of 60 to 100 people armed with hammers and baseball bats descended on the Ferris Avenue and Knockdhu park areas and attacked … Continue reading

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Officer hurt in ‘UDA trouble’ in Larne

Police say the disorder involving crowds of up to 100 people started at around 8.40pm in the Sallagh Park area of the Co Antrim town. A PSNI spokeswoman said police arrived at the scene of the disturbance within “three minutes of receiving the report”. Police crews were attacked as they responded to the incident. One police officer required hospital treatment, while a police car and a number of homes were also damaged. Police said “several people” were also assaulted at the scene. Assistant Chief Constable George Hamilton has condemned “the criminal actions of those involved in the disturbances”. He said the blame lay “firmly with the South East Antrim UDA”. East Antrim DUP MP Sammy Wilson described the incident as a “coordinated show of strength”. “I believe that this was in retaliation for police arrests over the last week and also settling scores in an attempt to stamp paramilitary authority … Continue reading

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MLAs condemn Larne violence

MLAs condemned paramilitary disorder in Larne, on 31 March 2014. A senior police officer blamed the loyalist Ulster Defence Association in south-east Antrim for a “rampage” in which 60 to 100 people, many of them masked, attacked homes in Sallagh Park. One police officer and a resident were injured. The matter of the day was brought by local Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson, who described the incident as “a sickening attack”. He said that for too long there had been a sense that “certain individuals are untouchable”. Mr Dickson called for support for the police. Sammy Wilson of the DUP said that those who claimed to be the protectors of their communities were bringing the most damage. He said there had been criticism of the police but “the finger must be clearly pointed at the criminals”. SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell said the scenes in Larne were “totally shocking and must be … Continue reading

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