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Loyalist attack


A taxi man from the Stewartstown Road's Dale Cabs taxi depot has become the latest victim of loyalist youths on the Blacks Road/Stewartstown Road interface.

Michael Maguire, from the Falls Road, was travelling on the Stewartstown Road from Poleglass last Saturday night at approximately 9.30pm when a teenager threw a brick at his front windscreen.

"I could see there was a crowd standing at either side of the road beside Woodbourne barracks," he told the Andersonstown News.

"As I got a bit closer, a fella ran out from the Co-Op direction, he was about 15 feet away from the car when he threw the brick directly at the windscreen leaving a huge crack down the window."

Mr Maguire has now had to fork out £200 for a replacement windscreen but is thankful that nobody was injured.

"I had three passengers in the car at the time, one girl, who was in the back seat, was very shaken up about it but thankfully nobody was seriously hurt."

The attack on Mr Maguire is the latest in a litany of attacks carried out by youths in the Blacks Road area who appear to be targeting nationalist taxi drivers, just yards from Woodbourne barracks.

Local Sinn Féin councillor for the area, Gerard O'Neill, condemned the attack before adding that a lack of leadership in the area could be to blame for the rising number of incidences.

"This is an ongoing problem whereby nationalist private taxi drivers are being targeted in and around this interface.

"We are continually having to manage the situation and police the area yet there appears to be no willingness in that area for anyone to show responsibility which gives these people the green light to continue with the attacks. I am calling on both community and political leaders in the area to take control of this situation before it spirals out of control."

October 14, 2005

This article appeared first on the Irelandclick.com web site on October 13, 2005.