‘Anarchists hell-bent on damage and destruction’

Writing's on the wall: Graffiti on the front of the shops at Crescent Corner, Mossley following Friday night's civil unrest.

Writing's on the wall: Graffiti on the front of the shops at Crescent Corner, Mossley following Friday night's civil unrest.

Former Deputy Mayor Tommy Kirkham has denied suggestions that loyalist paramilitaries were responsible for hijacking and burning cars outside Mossley Mill on Friday night.

The South and East Antrim Community Federation spokesman, a former independent loyalist councillor who previously represented the UDA-linked Ulster Political Research Group, condemned the violence in Mossley and Rathcoole. However, he stressed that he supports “peaceful and constructive protests” by those “campaigning to restore the dignity around the flying of the flag of our nation.”

Mr Kirkham, who lost his council seat at the last election, described claims that known paramilitaries were behind the trouble as “convenient”, adding that young people intent on anti-social behaviour and “anarchists hell-bent on damage and destruction” were responsible for the disturbances.

 

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