Belfast Telegraph

Friday 28 November 2014

Editor's Viewpoint: Community spirit

Ballybeen estate on the outskirts of east Belfast has often been viewed unkindly by many, and an arson attack which left a 63-year-old man homeless at the weekend seemed to reinforce the image.

Perhaps it is now time for a rethink after the magnificent response of neighbours and other estate residents to the attack.

They have rallied around to help the victim, Brian McArthur, offering practical help by turning out to clean up the debris and setting up a Facebook page to gain support from further afield. Mr McArthur did not have house insurance because earlier attacks forced up his premiums and is now reliant on goodwill to help him rebuild his life. His neighbours have set a shining example.

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