Pleas for an end to sectarian attacks

POLICE and politicians in Ballyclare have appealed for the local community to help put a stop to the ongoing attacks at the new Readers Park housing development on the Rashee Road.

Officers investigating a petrol bomb and graffiti attack at the site last week have urged anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

The petrol bomb caused minor damage to a vehicle parked at the entrance to the development, while sinister graffiti threatening workers was painted on a wall.

Three men are thought to have been involved in the attack, which occurred shortly after 4am on Thursday (February 17) - just hours after Environment Minister Edwin Poots attended the official launch of the project.

The incident comes only weeks after a pipe bomb was discovered at the site - the second potentially deadly device left at the new housing scheme in recent months.

The ongoing campaign of sectarian attacks is seemingly being fuelled by ridiculous and untrue rumours circulating the town that the developer is deliberately trying to move families from republican areas of North and West Belfast into the new homes, and ludicrous claims that the company isn’t employing local tradesmen, but bringing in workers from nationalist areas of the province instead.

It had been hoped that attacks at the site had stopped following a meeting between a representative of the development company, local councillors, members of Ballyclare Somme Association and community representatives.

Read the full story in this week’s Times...