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House and car of Alliance Party councillor attacked in NI violence

The councillor urged those orchestrating recent attacks to stop “before somebody is killed”.

Loyalist protestors carrying Union flags clash with police outside the City Hall in Belfast on Monday evening.
Loyalist protestors carrying Union flags clash with police outside the City Hall in Belfast on Monday evening.
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ALLIANCE PARTY COUNCILLOR Linda Clelans has urged those orchestrating the recent protests and attacks in Northern Ireland to call an end to the violence.

The Co Down councillor’s property was damaged in the early hours of this morning as protesters smashed the windows of her car and several windows of her home in Newtownards were broken.

The PSNI said two males with scarves covering their faces were seen running from the scene.

Commenting on the incident today, Cleland said there is “no justification for the attack on my home or the homes and offices of my colleagues”.

“I will not be intimidated by this violence. This is an attack on democracy that must be condemned by all.”

“These attacks will not stop my party from working to deliver a shared future, which we truly need after the past week of trouble,” she said.

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The councillor said she was urging those who have orchestrated the protests and attacks to “call an end to this trouble before somebody is killed”.

Police are appealing for anyone in the Fairfield Court area of Newtownards to contact them on 0845 600 8000. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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