09 January 2006

Sectarian threat made to students

BBC

A Belfast college has confirmed that Catholic students were threatened outside its east Belfast campus.

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

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.

Masked

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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