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Twaddell camp legal case dismissed by High Court judge

By Alan Erwin

A High Court judge has dismissed a nationalist resident's legal challenge to an ongoing loyalist protest camp in north Belfast which she said was making her life a misery.

Proceedings were stopped yesterday just before a planned further hearing to deal with the anonymous woman's statements on the case about the impact of living close to the Twaddell camp.

Mr Justice Treacy agreed to dismiss the ongoing application for judicial review after being contacted by both sides in the case.

The woman who brought the action had claimed she suffered anxiety from being forced to live close to a hostile environment at Twaddell Avenue.

A resident in the nearby Ardoyne area, her lawyers said the camp has made her life a misery. She had been challenging the Housing Executive over an alleged failure to adhere to its anti-social behaviour policy.

Nightly demonstrations continue to be staged at Camp Twaddell against restrictions imposed on an Orange Order parade through the flashpoint area.

At a hearing earlier this month Mr Justice Treacy was told medication prescribed to her had been for psychiatric problems following her arrest on suspicion of throwing a blast bomb.

A further hearing to take place yesterday was to focus solely on the resident's honesty. But it has been confirmed that the judge has instead agreed with the parties proposals for the case to be dismissed administratively.

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