08 February 2006

Police appeal over city trouble


Disturbances followed the killing of a man in the area last week

There has been a fifth night of disturbances in the Ballymurphy area of Belfast following the killing of a local man last week.

A petrol bomb was thrown at a car and a fire was also started behind a house in Whitecliff Parade at about 2115 GMT.

Another petrol bomb thrown at a house in Dermott Hill Park at 2300 GMT on Tuesday failed to ignite. There were no reports of any injuries.

Police have appealed for the public's help in bringing the trouble to an end.

Speaking on Wednesday, Superintendent Peter Farrar said: "Police will continue to work with the local community in Ballymurphy in an effort to bring this matter to an end.

"Police maintained a presence in the area overnight and I can assure you we will be in the area today.

"I am seeing nothing but support to try and get this community back on track."

Earlier on Tuesday, a man was forced to leave his home in the Whitecliff Parade after being intimidated.
Trouble has been continuing in the area since the killing of father of six Gerard Devlin on Friday. Two men have appeared in court in connection with his death. Two other men were arrested over the killing on Tuesday.

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