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Sinn Fein councillor defiant after thugs target car

By Lesley-Anna McKeown

Dissident republicans are believed to be behind a campaign of intimidation waged against a Sinn Fein councillor in north Belfast.

Paint was spattered over a family car belonging to Gerard McCabe, who was elected to sit on Belfast City Council last May.

The latest in a spate of attacks, happened at his home in the Duneden Park area of Ardoyne early yesterday morning.

Mr McCabe has vowed he will not be forced out of the area.

“I have lived in Ardoyne for more than 50 years,” he told the Belfast Telegraph.

“Nothing they could do would intimidate me out of the area.

“This is only one in a series of attacks over recent months on my family and other local republicans who are highly respected by this community.

“The attacks have generally been with paint, and also involving graffiti and fly-posting in the district during the night.

“I won’t be deflected from representing this community that elected me last May.”

A spokesman for the PSNI said officers were investigating a report of criminal damage and appealed for witnesses.

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