31/01/2011

Further Violence Blights Ballyclare

There has been a fresh incidence of trouble in the Co Antrim town of Ballyclare with a petrol bomb thrown at a house.

The device was thrown at the property on the Doagh Road around 7pm on Sunday and caused damage to guttering after two people were seen running away from the rear of the premises.

One person escaped injury after the petrol bomb failed to ignite.

As the police are appealing to anyone who was in the area and witnessed this new attack to contact them, South Antrim Ulster Unionist MLA Danny Kinahan has condemned an earlier incident - when a pipe bomb was planted in the Rashee Road area of Ballyclare.
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"I unreservedly condemn the actions of those who planted a pipe bomb at the Readers Park development on the Rashee Road in Ballyclare," he said on Friday.

"Such actions are utter madness and will result in someone being seriously injured or even killed.

"We have seen a similar incident in this area recently and have also had a spate of attacks in parts Antrim town.

"I know full well from talking to local people that the community that there is absolutely no support for this type of activity. The entire community is shocked and angry that people should be put at risk in this way.

"Whoever is responsible should cease this madness at once, and anyone with any information should contact the police immediately."

(BMcC/GK)

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