Emeutes loyalistes à Rathcoole – 26 octobre 2010

Renewed disturbances in Rathcoole area of Newtownabbey

bbc.co.uk

26 10 2010

Trouble erupted in Rathcoole for the second night in a row

Petrol bombs have been thrown at police during a second night of violence in the Newtownabbey area.

A bus was hijacked and set on fire near the Cloughfern roundabout.

It is understood the bus was being driven by a woman, who was pulled out of the cab. She was shocked but otherwise uninjured.

There were no passengers on board. It is understood that the driver did not know that bus services had been suspended at about 1900 BST.

Michael Dornan from the Unite union, which represents some bus drivers, said he was disgusted by the latest attack.

« The easiest thing to do would be to withdraw the services, » he said.

« But it is not the fault of the people who depend on the bus for their job, it is not the fault of the people who depend on the bus to go shopping.

« Someone, somewhere needs to show leadership and stop this so these people can have the bus servive they need. »

Repair

Damage caused during rioting on Monday night will cost £200,000 to repair. Six cars and a bus were burnt out.

Police have said that loyalist paramilitaries have been involved in the trouble and appealed for anyone with any influence in the area to intervene to stop it.

The riots on Monday evening followed a number of earlier police raids in the mainly loyalist area.

The PSNI said the searches were part of Operation Stafford, an ongoing serious crime branch investigation into a series of murders and other crimes by the UVF in north Belfast.

At the end of last year, the PSNI took on the investigation from the Historical Enquiries Team.

Police rejected claims that officers had been heavy-handed during the raids.

Loyalists riot for second night in Newtownabbey

belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Police have been attacked with petrol bombs and a bus hijacked during a second night of loyalist riots in Newtownabbey.

A female bus driver was pulled from her vehicle by a gang who then set it on fire close to the Cloughfern roundabout.

The driver is understood to shocked but otherwise uninjured. There were no passengers on board.

It is understood that she unaware that bus services had been suspended at around 7pm.

During Monday night’s rioting six cars and a bus were burnt out. The bus driver was treated in hospital for facial injuries. The damage caused during Monday night’s violence will cost £200,000 to repair.

Over 150 police officers were drafted in from across Northern Ireland to deal with the violence. Police said that loyalist paramilitaries have been involved in the trouble, that involved over 200 youths, and appealed for anyone with any influence in the area to intervene to stop it.

Chief Superintendent Henry Irvine said: « When the PSNI are carrying out searches and going about their lawful business, there’s no reason for this reaction. It’s a sad reflection on any community when police cannot go about their business without being attacked like this. »

Alderman Paula Bradley, the mayor of Newtownabbey, condemned the rioting and said the trouble may be linked to police activity in the area earlier this month.

Two weeks ago, loyalist paramilitaries orchestrated a night of violence in the area which left two officers injured. A female officer was hurt in Carrickfergus when her vehicle was attacked by a gang of up to 25 men wielding bats.

There was also trouble in Eden where youths blocked the road.

A PSNI spokesman said: « Police will continue to investigate the incidents and identify those involved. »

Loyalist paramilitaries involved in riot, says PSNI

irishtimes.com

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

LOYALIST PARAMILITARIES were involved in street violence in the Rathcoole area of Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, over the past two nights one of the PSNI’s senior officers has claimed.

Asst Chief Constable Duncan McCausland said his officers were studying CCTV evidence and would move against some of the estimated 200 rioters who hijacked a bus and private cars and who took to the streets of the loyalist area late on Monday and continued past midnight yesterday. Further serious violence erupted last night and more vehicles were hijacked.

Police said youths gathered for a second night and further violence broke out. A bus was taken and set alight at the Cloughfern roundabout area of Rathcoole. Officers also came under attack from an undisclosed number of petrol bombs. Dozens of extra police have been drafted into the area and motorists were advised to avoid the Cloughfern-Station Road area of Newtownabbey.

The Progressive Unionist Party (PUP) said some of the rioters had organised themselves by using social networking sites, and there were allegations of heavy-handed searches in the area by the police.

Ken Wilkinson, a local PUP representative, said “the way a lot of these searches were carried out leaves a lot to be desired”.

The police said the searches were part of an ongoing serious crime-branch investigation into a series of murders and other crimes by the UVF, including so-called “historical” crimes still unsolved from the Troubles.

Local police commander Chief Supt Henry Irvine confirmed planned searches had been carried out in the area by the serious crime squad, but denied officers had acted improperly. He said a quantity of drugs were recovered as the searches continued.

A double-decker bus was hijacked and destroyed during the disturbances and its driver assaulted and robbed. Public transport company Translink said it would withdraw all bus services in the estate at the first suggestion of follow-up trouble. Up to six private cars were also taken and burned.

About 150 officers were drafted in from other parts of Northern Ireland to help quell the trouble.

“This was a disgraceful and totally inexcusable orgy of violence,” DUP MP Nigel Dodds said. “If there are concerns and complaints about police actions then there are proper procedures to pursue those through the police ombudsman and other structures. However, it is surely no coincidence that there have been similar recent outbreaks of violence in other parts of Newtownabbey, at New Mossley and Ballyclare, where police searches have taken place.”

 

 

~ par Alain Bertho sur 27 octobre 2010.

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