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UDA thugs in rampage: PSNI chief blames loyalist faction after two injured by mob

BY AMANDA FERGUSON

A senior police officer has blamed a loyalist terrorist faction after a mob of 100 people surrounded and attacked houses in Larne last night.

It is understood that a PSNI officer and a person in one of the houses were taken to hospital with injuries.

Assistant Chief Constable George Hamilton condemned "the criminal actions of those involved in the disturbances".

The senior officer said the blame lay "firmly with the South East Antrim UDA".

The DUP Deputy Mayor of Larne said one house had been "completely destroyed".

An injured resident from one of the houses was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital, according to councillor Drew Niblock.

Police said they were on the scene within three minutes of receiving a report of disturbances in Sallagh Park. Houses were surrounded in nearby Ferris Avenue and Knockdhu Park in the Co Antrim town at around 8.40pm. Police were attacked as they arrived at Sallagh Park.

A number of homes were also attacked and damaged and several people assaulted.

One police officer was injured and taken to hospital for treatment and a car was also damaged. One person claimed a crowbar had been thrown through the window.

Police were last night monitoring the situation in the town and appealed for calm.

"A mob of about 100 people from outside Larne came into the town and attacked two separate homes yesterday evening," said Mr Niblock.

"One of the homes in Knockdhu Park had a resident inside at the time who had to be taken to hospital. The house on Ferris Avenue is completely destroyed."

Mr Niblock added: "The mob also attacked police and smashed the patrol car's window. Police were then forced to retreat. I condemn this attack and appeal for calm in the town."

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson said he had been left appalled at the level of violence.

"There is no place for this type of public disorder on our streets," said the East Antrim MLA.

"I am deeply concerned by the reports from the PSNI that the South East Antrim UDA were responsible for this trouble.

"If this is correct, it raises serious questions about the status of this paramilitary group. The Chief Constable must look into this matter.

"It is disgraceful that the police were attacked when they responded to this trouble.

"I hope that the injured officer will be able to make a speedy recovery."

Resident in hospital as mob target two houses

BY MICHELLE SMYTH

One person has been taken to hospital after a mob of 100 people surrounded and attacked two houses in Larne last night.

The DUP Deputy Mayor of Larne said one house had been "completely destroyed".

An injured resident from one of the houses was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital, according to councillor Drew Niblock.

The houses were surrounded in Ferris Avenue and Knock Dhu Park in the Co Antrim town at around 9pm.

"A mob of about 100 people from outside Larne came into the town and attacked two separate homes yesterday evening," said Mr Niblock.

"One of the homes in Knock Dhu Park had a resident inside at the time who had to be taken to hospital.

"The house on Ferris Avenue is completely destroyed."

Mr Niblock added: "The mob also attacked police and smashed the patrol car's window. Police were then forced to retreat.

"I condemn this attack and appeal for calm in the town. Anyone with information is asked to contact police."

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