Romas evicted from Belfast house in dispute
Published 26/08/2009 | 04:20
Twenty-one Romas were taken into emergency accommodation last night after they were evicted from a property in south Belfast.
Around 20 people, including women and children, were asked to leave the house in the Malone area.
Police were called to the premises and a number of taxis arrived to take some of them away.
It is understood that the incident followed a dispute over rental payments, and concerns over electricity and plumbing at the property.
Earlier this year some of the residents fled their homes in Belfast following a spate of racist attacks and had only recently returned.
However, there is not believed to be any such link to the latest incident.
“It is purely a landlord and tenant dispute,” said Patrick Yu, from the Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities.