10 January 2006

Party to meet college over threat

BBC

Sinn Fein is to discuss threats made to Catholic students outside an east Belfast college with its management.

A spokeswoman for the Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education at Tower Street said two men verbally abused students having a smoke break.

Sinn Fein education spokesman Michael Ferguson said he wants to discuss college security.

The spokeswoman said sectarian threats were made before the men left but they returned armed with knives.

She said the PSNI were called and the men were questioned. Police said the incident was being investigated.

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A PSNI spokesperson asked witnesses to contact police at Strandtown on 0845 6008000.

Three years ago the campus, which is in a loyalist area, was closed after masked men threatened Catholic students there.

The college said the students involved in Monday's incidents were attending performing arts courses.

It said there was CCTV footage of the incidents which would be examined on Tuesday.

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