Belfast Telegraph

Man is charged after attack on Twaddell loyalist protest camp

By Chris Kilpatrick

A man has been charged after republicans attacked a loyalist protest camp in north Belfast on Christmas Day.

A gang slashed and tore down banners attached to the Twaddell camp close to the interface with Ardoyne.

A 25-year-old was yesterday charged with criminal damage and will appear in court in Belfast later this month.

TUV councillor Jolene Bunting condemned those responsible for the early-morning attack.

"While normal people were preparing for Christmas with friends and family, republicans chose the occasion to attack our peaceful protest camp at Twaddell," she said.

"An attack like this - in the very mouth of Christmas - will further damage community relations in the area."

Banners at the camp have been targeted previously and there have also been attempts by dissident republicans to kill police patrolling the interface.

Three murder bids have been made in the past year.

Last month a man ran out of Brompton Park with a rocket-propelled grenade launcher before firing it at a PSNI Land Rover.

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