04 November 2005

More trouble in Kilcoo after police raids

Belfast Telegraph

By Lisa Smyth
04 November 2005

Trouble broke out for a second night in Kilcoo, scene of this week's Northern Bank police raids.

For the past two nights, the village's Dublin Road has been closed after reports that youths were stoning cars and last night, one vehicle was set alight.

South Down MLA Jim Wells said the trouble was caused by republican youths protesting against the arrests over the Northern Bank robbery.

"I thought we had seen the last of the republican no go areas but it is quite clear that they can still go in and take over an area with complete impunity," he said.

"The police have the manpower to go in and return the area to normal but for the past two nights, this hasn't happened.

"I have been contacted by a number of local residents who are intimidated by this trouble and they are also annoyed, particularly members of the Protestant community, that they can't go about their ordinary business."

Sinn Fein and the SDLP have said that the raids were heavy-handed and unpopular in the nationalist village.

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