Sectarian incidents and attacks

July 16-31st 2001


The following list of sectarian and other hate-driven incidents and attacks is from 16 through 31 July 2001. The criteria we use for inclusion is based on the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) criteria; if a person/organisation feels that the motivation for an attack against them was sectarian (or racist or homophobic), then it should be counted as such. We rely on a number of sources for our information, but this is by no means comprehensive. If you find incidents that have been left off the list please contact us. A full dossier of sectarian attacks from January 1999 until June 2001 is also available.

Due to the sheer volume of the list this month we are providing a fortnightly breakdown.

July 16, Monday. Sinn Féin Councillor for Derry’s Waterside, Lynn Fleming, accused the RUC and British Army of behaving provocatively in the nationalist Top-of-the-Hill area while the July 12 marches took place some distance away towards the centre of town. Observers from the Pat Finucane Centre and other human rights groups, who were at the scene, noted that security force behaviour was disproportionate to actual events. Cllr Fleming said that the security forces had demonstrated their sectarian nature. (BBC, DN, DJ, IN, PFC, CW)

In North Belfast, a North Queen’s Street resident and her deaf-mute husband vowed not to move after loyalists paint-bombed their home. (NBelfN, CW)

Derry’s DUP Mayor, Mildred Garfield condemned the July 13 arson attack on the Clooney Community Hall, now thought to have been carried out by loyalists. The hall was used by nationalists and loyalists alike. (DJ, LS)

There were reports of automatic gunfire during sectarian rioting near the Short Strand Catholic enclave in East Belfast. The shots came from the loyalist side. Loyalists claimed the shots were in retaliation for shots fired from the nationalist side. The RUC did not confirm these claims. (IN, RUC)

In the same area, a number of Catholic pensioners escaped with their lives after their homes were destroyed in loyalist petrol bomb attacks. The RUC later said they apprehended a man after they found a quantity of petrol bombs in the Newtownards Road area. Local sources said that the pensioners had been issued with threats by loyalist paramilitaries. (IN, RUC)

There was widespread rioting across interface areas in North Belfast, with North Queen Street, Limestone Road, Duncairn Gardens and Hallidays Road worst affected. There were reports of petrol bombs and acid bombs being thrown. " I think it all began with a loyalist incursion into Duncairn gardens where a number of houses were damaged," SDLP councillor Martin Morgan told the Irish News. "It appears that all the trouble seems to come from areas that are controlled by the UFF and UDA". Sinn Féin councillor Gerard Brophy said well known UDA members had been recognised among the men leading the attacks. He added that one of them was seen with a gun. Eddie McClean, a community worker in the loyalist Tiger’s Bay said that the trouble had started when nationalists attacked the Tiger’s Bay area. He said that Protestants in North Belfast were under siege. (IN, RUC, BBC)

Loyalists paint-bombed the Catholic Church of Our Lady in Harryville, Ballymena. The church was the focus of 21 months of continuous loyalist picketing, attempted arson and paint bomb attacks, and a ram-raid in the last few years. (IN, BBC, PFC)

July 17, Tuesday. In East Belfast, Loyalists attacked houses in the nationalist Short Strand with petrol bombs and blast bombs. (AN)

Belfast High Court granted bail to a 15-year-old youth from the Stiles estate in Antrim, who was arrested by the RUC carrying a crate of petrol bombs though the estate while draped in a UFF flag. When he was arrested he shouted "Up the UYM". UYM stands for Ulster Young Militants, the youth section of the UFF/UDA. (IN, PFC)

22-year-old William Watton, from East Belfast, was remanded in custody charged in connection with the petrol bombing of Catholic homes in the Short Strand area. (IN, RUC)

Nationalist and loyalist community leaders in East Belfast met to discuss the ongoing violence. The meeting was described by the PUP as "tense and difficult". (AN, IN)

Loyalists attacked the homes of two Catholic families in Ballynahinch with incendiary devices. (IN, RUC)

Belfast High Court was told that a 16-year-old Ballymena youth pipe bombed a Catholic home on July 10 because of the ongoing row in the town about tricolours. The youth was released on bail. (IN)

Unionists called for the RUC to revoke the licence of former IRA prisoner Sean Kelly after they claimed he was present during sectarian clashes in North Belfast. Kelly, who served part of a life sentence for the 1993 Shankill bombing, was released on licence under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement. (IN)

Loyalists in Ballymena vowed to resume their picket of the nationalist Fisherwick estate after a tricolour reappeared there. Billy McCaughey of the PUP said that republicans would have to find another way of expressing their culture. (See also sectarian attacks from 1st half of July.) (IN, BBC)

Nationalist and loyalist leaders in East Belfast issued a joint plea for calm after a two-hour meeting. (IN, BBC, CW)

The RUC logged 257 petrol and pipe-bomb attacks from Jan 1 to Mid July 2001, compared to 89 in the same period last year. (IN, RUC)

As reports of loyalists attacking nationalist owned homes in Fahan Street on the edge of the Bogside during the Twelfth celebrations reached local newspapers, Derry DUP Assemblyman Willie Hay expressed hope that the Orange Order would be able to march their traditional route in Derry next year, if they engaged fully with the City Centre Initiative. Other Loyal Orders have been able to march without opposition in Derry after entering the City Centre Initiative-brokered talks with the Bogside Residents’ Group (BRG). It is not clear whether or not Mr Hay was advocating talks with the BRG, but undisclosed sources are reported to have told the Irish News that the Orange Order membership locally had been in favour of talks with the BRG. (IN, DJ, DN, LS)

July 18, Wednesday. Nationalist representatives in North Belfast called for the permanent closure of peaceline gates following the latest series of attacks across the peace line. Later that night, nationalist homes in the Whitewell area came under attack from a brick-throwing mob and the British Army defused a pipe bomb that had been thrown at a Catholic home in Westland Gardens. In the Deerpark Road interface area a nailbomb was thrown at the house of a Protestant family. Nationalists blamed loyalists for the attack. (IN, RUC, CW)

A mixed religion couple left their Serpentine Road home in North Belfast after a four- hour long attack on their home by loyalists. Their house faces a gate in the peace line. Over three hundred bricks were thrown during the attack. The couple complained that an RUC landrover shone its searchlight on the house for ten minutes during the attack, but did not intervene to stop the attack. (NBelfN)

Also in North Belfast, loyalists threw two petrol bombs at the Alliance Avenue home of a family of six. One of the devices missed the bedroom window of the youngest daughter by inches. It failed to ignite. (NBelfN)

Catholic and Protestant clergy in East Belfast called for an end to violence as a device exploded in Sydenham. (IN, RUC)

The family of murdered solicitor Pat Finucane criticised the British government’s offer to appoint a judge to hold inquiries into the cases of Pat Finucane, Rosemary Nelson, and Robert Hamill. The offer was made as part of a deal with nationalists at the talks in Weston House in Staffordshire aimed at saving the Good Friday Agreement. The family, who have been campaigning for a fully independent and international inquiry into the state assisted UDA murder of the high profile lawyer, were concerned that they had not been consulted about the form of the proposal, which falls far short of their demands. (IN, PFC)

The home of West Belfast SDLP councillor Margaret Walsh was paint-bombed. It was the second sectarian attack on her home in a week. (IN)

Billy McCaughey, the PUP representative at the heart of the flags issue in Ballymena and long associated with the Harryville picket, led a group of Union Jack waving loyalists outside Ballymena magistrates court. Inside, the court was hearing the case against 24 men arrested for breach of the peace after they had stormed the nationalist Fisherwick estate to forcibly remove Irish tricolours. Mr McCaughey also told parishioners of St Mary’s Church in Harryville that vandalism on the church would be minimised as a "trade-off" if people stopped flying tri-colours in the Fisherwick estate. (See above.) (IN)

Loyalists were blamed for slashing the tyres on 25 cars in the nationalist Poleglass estate in West Belfast. (IN)

A number of petrol bombs were thrown at both Protestant and Catholic homes and two coffee-jars made safe during rioting in the Whitewell area of Belfast, which went on until 5am. Both sides blamed each other for what the press described as running battles. (IN, RUC)

Republicans petrol bombed a Presbyterian Church in Sion Mills near Derry. (IN, LS)

The RUC found a motorbike near Tardree Forest in Antrim, which they believe was used by the people who murdered 19-year-old Ciaran Cummings. (IN)

A pipe bomb was found at Killyclogher GAA club, near Newtownstewart. A local Sinn Féin representative said that loyalists had been having a recruitment drive in the area. (IN)

Under the heading "Derry UDA behind ‘ethnic terror’" the Derry News carried a full page spread charting the recent upsurge in sectarian attacks on Catholics on the Waterside in Derry and linking the attacks to a UDA commander known as ‘The Mexican’. (DN)

In North Belfast, a Catholic mother living in Longlands Court vowed not to move after her house was attacked for the seventh time by paintbombers and stone throwers. Other nationalist residents of the Whitewell Street have complained of nightly attacks by loyalists. (NBelfN)

July 19, Thursday. Sinn Féin and the SDLP hit out at the Waterside Area Partnership for having no nationalist representatives on the board, despite nationalists having seven councillors on the Waterside to the unionists’ six. (DJ)

Loyalists are thought to be behind the arson attack that destroyed the Attical GAA Club in Kilkeel, Co Down. (IN)

July 20, Friday. At 9.30am two loyalist gunmen in a white Citroen car fired several shots into the Ashton Community Centre in the nationalist Ardoyne area of Belfast. Staff and children hid in a cupboard and no one was injured. The Red Hand Defenders claimed the attack and threatened to escalate its attacks, claiming "all nationalist people [are] hostile and legitimate targets". The Red Hand Defenders is a cover name used by the UDA/UFF and the LVF in the past. The Gunmen are understood to have fled towards the Lower Shankill, regarded as a UFF stronghold. The UDP’s John White insisted again that the UDA’s cease-fire was intact. (IN, BBC, RUC)

A Catholic woman living in the mixed Serpentine Gardens at the North Belfast interface found a coffee jar bomb in her garden. Loyalists are suspected of having left the device. (IN, RUC)

The RUC recovered two replica firearms and a quantity of ammunition during a planned house search in the mainly loyalist Dundela Avenue. (RUC)

Belfast High Court heard preliminary hearings in the case of two loyalists, one a Catholic, one a Protestant, charged with pipe-bombing the home of an SDLP councillor in Larne. (IN)

July 21 Saturday. Loyalists hurled ball bearings, stones and bricks at houses in the nationalist Duncairn Gardens, close to the loyalist Tigers Bay area in North Belfast. (IN, RUC)

Loyalists pipe bombed the home of a Catholic family in Coleraine, the second attack on the same family in the space of two weeks. (IN, BBC)

Nationalists in Castlederg, Co Tyrone opposed a feeder parade to an ostensibly cross-community charity march in the town. Sixty residents protested at the Lislaird pipe band passing through the nationalist Ferguson Crescent and Killeter Road areas. The bands displayed paramilitary banners and flags, including those of the UVF. It was the seventh loyalist parade through Castlederg in a week. (IN)

Six members of staff at the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) in Belfast were injured after they were physically and verbally abused by a group of men wearing bullet proof vests, who had accompanied two men who had been involved in a car accident in Glengormley. The assailants, who said they didn’t like the RVH because it was a "fenian" hospital, told staff that they were members of the LVF and threatened to have them killed. Staff unions immediately complained that the RUC, who were on hand, did not intervene to stop the fracas, or to arrest the assailants afterwards. The attack comes only weeks after loyalists issued death threats against staff at Belfast’s Mater Hospital. The RUC later said that they had taken CCTV footage of the attack. (IN, BBC, RUC)

The Royal Victoria Hospital put out the following press release after the incident:

Senior management has condemned threats from alleged Loyalist paramilitaries to staff at the Royal Victoria Hospital. Medical director Dr Ian Carson has reacted to a series of related incidents at the hospital early on Saturday morning when staff were physically assaulted, had their lives threatened, and were spat upon.

"Our personnel are drawn from all sections of the community and they provide vital services for that community," Dr Carson emphasised. "It is intolerable that people purporting to have interests in patients receiving crucial care, should subject staff to physical and verbal abuse and then threaten their lives.

"This disgraceful behaviour must stop immediately and be condemned by all, especially those who would have influence in the group to which these people claim to belong."

Security video film is being studied by the RUC who were quickly on the scene and are investigating the incidents.

July 22, Sunday. Patrick Walsh, the Catholic Bishop of Down and Connor called on political and religious leaders on both sides to bring an end to sectarian strife. Bishop Walsh’s words were part of his sermon at mass in St Matthews church in the Short Strand. St Matthews has been the target of many sectarian attacks over the years. (IN)

Loyalists pipe-bombed St Eugene’s Church, Glennock in Newtownstewart. Three pipe bombs were thrown with only minor damage caused. Local sources believe the attack was connected to tension surrounding loyalist marches in the village. (IN, CW, RUC)

A Catholic family of seven from the predominantly Protestant town of Lisburn, one of whom suffers from cerebral palsy, were said to be in a state of severe distress after a pipe bomb exploded at their home. The RUC said they were investigating a motive for the attack. (IN)

Pensioners in Coleraine were evacuated after a "hoax" pipe bomb was left outside their residential home. (IN)

23 July, Monday. Ronnie Flanagan, Chief Constable of the RUC, told the Irish News that he would not oppose inquiries into the murders of Patrick Finucane, Robert Hamill and Rosemary Nelson. (IN)

Security forces described as a hoax a suspicious object attached to a loyalist flag on a pole close to a nationalist estate in north Antrim. (IN)

A caller, claiming to be from the LVF, issued a Belfast newsroom with a denial of any involvement in the attack on staff at Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital. (IN)

Eight year-old Geordie Devine, whose parents’ Bombay Street house in Belfast backs on to the peace line with the loyalist Shankill, was hit on the head by a brick thrown over the wall. The residents of Bombay Street describe life as a "living hell" with nightly attacks on their homes. The residents also complained that the RUC wasn’t doing enough to stop the attacks. (IN)

A pipe bomb was thrown at a house in Barnfield Grange, Derriaghy, Lisburn. The RUC said they were investigating a motive for the attack. (RUC)

July 24, Tuesday. Belfast High Court granted bail to a man accused of being a member of the UVF, who was found to be in possession of a balaclava, gloves, combat gear and a sawn-off shotgun. Justice Girvan granted the Armagh man bail because "the situation in Northern Ireland had calmed down." (IN)

Having blocked the UN Special Rapporteurs access to the Stevens reports, RUC Chief Constable Ronnie Flanagan pledged to co-operate fully with any independent inquiry into Pat Finucane’s murder. His brother, Martin Finucane, said that he was sceptical about the RUC chief’s claims. Paul O’Connor of the Pat Finucane Centre said it was "a bit rich", while Paul Mageean of the Committee on the Administration of Justice said it "contradicted what he said yesterday". (IN)

The RUC reported a pipe bomb attack in Ballymena in which no one was injured. The RUC did not give a motive for the attack. (RUC)

Security forces made safe a pipe bomb thrown through the window of a house in Glenmanus Park, in Portrush. The RUC did not give a motive for the attack. (RUC)

July 25, Wednesday. A blast bomb destroyed the windows of a Catholic home in North Belfast during the early hours of the morning. Rioting around the Limestone Road/Newington/Tigers Bay interfaces continued into the early hours with groups of nationalist and loyalist youths throwing bricks, bottles and metal bolts at each other. Houses on both sides of the community divide were damaged. A pipe bomb attack on a Protestant family in Oldpark was blamed on loyalists, and shots were fired from the vicinity of the nationalist Newington area. Both sides blamed each other for the shooting. (IN)

A pipe bomb exploded at the house of a Catholic family of four living in Strand Park in Cloghmills. A second device failed to explode. No one was injured in the attack. Local sources said this was the latest in a series of such attacks and described it as part of an anti-Catholic pogrom. A local Presbyterian minister called for the community to resist the efforts of those that planted the bombs and remain united. (IN, RUC)

There was renewed rioting in Clanchatta Street, Newington Street, Parkend Street, Mileriver Street, Limewood Street, Syrina Street and Duncairn Gardens in North Belfast, with Protestant and Catholic homes coming under sustained attack. Nationalist residents blamed loyalists for orchestrating attacks, claiming they were using sirens to rally people for attacks, while loyalists blamed Sinn Féin. An elderly Protestant resident blamed the trouble on groups of youths. A 15-year-old boy was charged with riotous behaviour. (IN)

A Catholic woman living in Dunmurry on the outskirts of Belfast fled her home after loyalists threw bricks through her windows. (AN)

Just before midnight pipe bombers from the loyalist Tigers Bay threw two devices at the house of a Catholic family of four living on Newington Street. Both exploded causing severe damage to the house. (IN)

July 26, Thursday. A pipe bomb was found at the back of a house in Loughinhill Park, Coleraine. (IN)

In Ardoyne a Catholic father of two living in the Twaddel Avenue/Woodvale Protestant enclave had his home attacked by loyalists during rioting. The man said that the gang did not get into the house because he had a drop bar across the door. Another nationalist was grabbed by a 40 strong mob as he left a shop and dragged into Twaddel Avenue. Later another nationalist man was grabbed as he left a bar. A pipe bomb was thrown through the living room window of a house on the Oldpark Road. The device exploded but no one was injured and the occupants extinguished the fire. The RUC also reported that shots had been fired and a blast bomb thrown during disturbances. Twaddel/Woodvale residents blamed nationalists for the rioting, which carried on until the early hours with a number of plastic bullets being fired. (IN, RUC)

The British Army carried out two controlled explosions on a device that had been left on the nationalist Garvaghy Road in Portadown. (IN)

Security forces made safe a pipe bomb in a car park close to some houses in Church Road in Newtownabbey. (IN, RUC)

A suspect device was found in playing fields at Killyogher GAA club in Omagh. The RUC did not give a motive for the attack. (IN, RUC)

Residents of the mainly nationalist Lower Ormeau Road received letters in which Ballynafeigh Apprentice Boys spelled out their voluntary code of conduct and claimed to be committed to dialogue over the issue of marches. The move was seen as an attempt to by-pass the Lower Ormeau Concerned Community (LOCC), with whom the Apprentice Boys have refused to negotiate. In a recent secret ballot, 96% of residents rejected the code of conduct. The residents were also distressed that the loyal order had got hold of their names and addresses. (IN, CW)

The UDA are thought locally to be behind the pipe bomb attack on a house in Loughanhill Park in Coleraine. The RUC did not give a motive for the attack. (CW, RUC)

27 July, Friday. After a meeting with RUC Assistant Chief Constable Alan McQuillan at Castlereagh RUC barracks, an SDLP delegation led by Alex Atwood, MLA, said it now believed that the UDA/UFF command structure in various parts of the north of Ireland was behind the current wave of attacks on Catholics. (IN)

In Ardoyne tension flared after Catholic mothers and their children, who were close to the Holy Cross Primary School, were attacked by stone-throwing loyalists from the Glenbryn estate. (IN)

Several people were hospitalised after carloads of Loyalists from Twaddel/Woodvale targeted nationalist homes on the Crumlin road and attacked them with stones, bricks, and paintbombs. An elderly man, who had been the victim of a sectarian attack some years ago, was rushed to hospital with shock. Nine houses were attacked altogether. When some of the residents confronted their attackers, the loyalists threatened to return and burn them out. Petrol Bombs were also thrown in Glenbryn and on the Ardoyne Road. (IN, RUC)

A suspect device was found at the scene of a planned nationalist protest against an Orange Order parade in Maghera. Nationalists complained that when the parade did go ahead, bandsmen broke the Parades’ Commissions conditions by playing sectarian tunes and shouting "Up the UVF!" (IN)

28 July, Saturday. Nationalists in North Belfast expressed outrage as a contentious Apprentice Boys march went ahead, with one of the bands marching with the words "Whitewell UDA" written on their drum. The parade passed close to the Limestone Road interface. Nationalist politicians hit out at the Apprentice Boys for allowing the paramilitary display. A spokesman for the Apprentice Boys said: "When contentious emblems are displayed at parades, the Apprentice Boys take their instructions from the police and as far as I am aware the RUC did not call for the removal of this particular emblem." (IN)

At the unveiling of a monument to republican hunger striker Kieran Doherty, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams called for an end to attacks on Protestant homes in North Belfast. "Sectarianism is wrong – we know that and as Irish Republicans we stand against it," he said. He also asked republicans in North Belfast not to respond to what he described as attempts by the UDA and other anti-agreement loyalists to draw republicans back into conflict. (IN)

Three Catholic homes were attacked in North Queen Street in Belfast; residents stressed that their attackers were grown men in their 30s and 40s. At the Ardoyne/Glenbryn interface rioting erupted again when loyalists attacked four houses. Some time later, loyalist youths hijacked a bus on Alliance Avenue and took it to the Ardoyne/Glenbryn interface and set it on fire. Later, ten shots were heard coming from the nationalist Alliance Avenue. Shortly afterwards there was a burst of automatic gunfire from the loyalist Glenbryn. The RUC returned fire with four shots. According to loyalist sources, police officers did not identify any target, but fired indiscriminately into loyalist protesters on the Ardoyne Road. Later that night, loyalists picketed a local RUC station in protest. The rioting continued and spilled over into Whitewell where a man was stabbed in the chest and taken to hospital. On the mixed Serpentine Avenue, security forces carried out a controlled explosion on a pipe bomb. The RUC said that they seized 30 primed petrol bombs and almost 200 bottles during raids in both nationalist and loyalist areas. A Sinn Féin councillor accused the UDA of trying to create flashpoints along every section of the North Belfast interface. The PUP’s Billy Hutchinson said that the trouble had started because nationalists had attacked a pregnant woman and a pensioner in the loyalist Alliance Court. "Community leaders on both sides need to remain calm" he said, "but I think the situation would be helped if Sinn Féin recognised that sectarianism exists in the nationalist community". (IN, RUC)

July 29, Sunday. The UDA was thought to be behind a loyalist pipe bomb planted at the O’Donovan Rossa GAA Club in Magherafelt, Co Derry. It is understood that 60 children regularly attend training at the grounds. The RUC warned the keyholders to all GAA clubs to be vigilant. (IN, RUC)

A pipe bomb exploded in the home of a family of four outside Carrickfergus, Co Antrim. Both parents, their 15-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter escaped injury. The RUC did not give a motive for the attack. (RUC)

In Glengormley, Co Antrim, grown men in a car, thought to be loyalists, tried to run over a 14-year-old nationalist youth who had become separated from his friends after they had been chased by the car as they left a McDonalds restaurant. The youth escaped his attackers by crawling through some bushes. (IN)

At 11:20 pm Gavin Brett, an 18-year-old Protestant who was standing with friends close to St Enda’s GAA club on the Hightown Road in Glengormley, and who had apparently been mistaken for a Catholic, was shot and fatally injured by loyalist gunmen. One of his friends, a Catholic, was injured. The attack was later claimed by the Red Hand Defenders, the nom de guerre increasingly being used by the UDA. The Red Hand Defenders also claimed responsibility for the murder of Ciaran Cummings. (IN, RUC)

At the same time Catholic couple whose names are on a loyalist death list narrowly escaped injury in a pipe-bomb attack on their home in Whiteabbey, Co Antrim. The device, which had been thrown in their bedroom window, exploded minutes after they fled the room. (IN)

A blast bomb was thrown in Manor Court, off Cliftonville Road in North Belfast. (IN)

Petrol Bombs were thrown at two houses in Wheatfield Gardens, off the Crumlin Road. (IN)

Security forces defused a pipe bomb found at Serpentine Gardens in the Whitewell area of north Belfast. The RUC did not give a motive for the attack. (RUC)

July 30, Monday. A Catholic grandfather escaped without injury after being stopped by three masked loyalists on the Crumlin Road in North Belfast. The automatic weapon held by one of the three jammed, and the man, who heard the gun click, drove at his would-be assassins and sped-off. (IN, RUC)

Gunshots were fired in Hallidays Road in the loyalist Tigers Bay. (IN)

A pipe bomb was thrown into the rear of a house in Monard Close, North Belfast. The RUC did not give a motive for the attack. (IN, RUC)

Loyalists planted a pipe bomb, which exploded under a car owned by a Catholic in Armagh City. (IN)

Security Forces defused a suspect device in Carrickfergus. The RUC did not give a motive for the attack. (IN, RUC)

Loyalists are thought to be behind a pipe bomb attack on a Catholic house between Maghera and Kilrea, in Co Derry. (IN)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams offered to meet the UDA in an effort to find a solution to the problem in North Belfast. (IN)

The RUC said that they would be investigating a website posted by loyalists, which named nationalists as targets for paramilitaries. (DJ, IN)

The Red Hand Defenders claimed responsibility for the two pipe bombs that exploded outside the Golden Thread theatre at the Brookfield Mill community complex off the Crumlin Road in North Belfast. Over 250 people were inside the theatre for the premiere of a youth theatre production. One woman was hospitalised for shock. (IN, BBC)

Also in North Belfast, loyalists attacked nationalist houses in Longlands and nationalists threw bolts over the peace line into Protestant houses in White City. According to the RUC a group of 100 loyalists from the Gunnell Hill area attacked Catholic houses in Whitewell. Residents said there were up to 300 loyalists involved. (IN, BBC, RUC)

July 31, Tuesday. An SDLP delegation, including security spokesman Alex Attwood and East Antrim MLA Danny O’Connor, met NIO Security Minister Jane Kennedy to discuss the UDA’s cease-fire and protection measures for vulnerable communities. (IN)

Mid Ulster MP, Martin McGuinness called on mainstream unionists to condemn the UDA’s pipe-bombing campaign, and to use their influence to get them to stop. In the same statement, he called on the British Government and RUC to declare the UDA ceasefire over. He also offered to meet the UDA. (DJ)

Loyalists were blamed for a fire in a house in Mimosa Court, on Derry’s Waterside, from which neighbours saved a Catholic woman and her seven-year-old daughter. (DJ)

Residents in Whitewell, North Belfast, called for the peace line to be raised following a night of rioting, (IN)


AN:   Andersonstown News
BBC:    BBC radio and television news, BBC online, Radio Foyle
CW:   Local community workers
DJ:   Derry Journal
DN:    Derry News
IN:   Irish News
IT:   Irish Times
LS:   Londonderry Sentinel
NBelfN:   North Belfast News
NL:   Newsletter
PFC:    Pat Finucane Centre
RM:   RM Distribution
RUC:   RUC website
SI:   Sunday Independent

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