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'Sustained missile attacks' at peace line

(Bimpe Fatogun, Irish News)

One of Belfast's most notorious interfaces has been the scene of sustained missile throwing since December, according to residents on both sides.

Snooker balls, marbles, rocks and other missiles have been displayed by people living along the Clandeboye/Cluan Place peace line in east Belfast. A peace wall separates residents of the nationalist Short Strand and loyalist Albertbridge Road.

However, there have been periodic attacks over the top of the barrier since a particularly bitter outbreak of violence in 2001.

Margaret McDowell, whose house at Clandeboye Drive backs on to the peace wall, said she has been unable to sleep since the upsurge in attacks.

"It's been gearing up since the weekend but we've been bad since December," she said.

"We usually get trouble in the summer or when there is an Orange march planned but we haven't had any peace in months."

She said that snooker balls with messages insulting loyalists had been thrown over "because they want us to throw them back so they can say we started it".

However, Ulster Unionist assembly member Michael Copeland said Cluan Place residents had not been throwing missiles but instead had themselves been the victims of vicious attacks.

"Cluan Place is so small," he said.

"It is only one street with 23 houses and 11 children in those houses. If a snooker ball hit a child it would kill them.

"This has been going on for some time and needs to stop before someone is seriously injured."

April 26, 2006
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This article appeared first in the April 20, 2006 edition of the Irish News.


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