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<!-- Enter image here -->  <!-- Enter caption here -->  <font color="#999999">  </font>Former Assemblyman Roger Hutchinson and community worker Davey Bell remove paramilitary murals from the Craighill area of Larne

<!-- Enter image here --> <!-- Enter caption here --> <font color="#999999"> </font>Former Assemblyman Roger Hutchinson and community worker Davey Bell remove paramilitary murals from the Craighill area of Larne

<!-- Enter image here --> <!-- Enter caption here --> <font color="#999999"> </font>Former Assemblyman Roger Hutchinson and community worker Davey Bell remove paramilitary murals from the Craighill area of Larne

A UDA-linked body has aided the removal of paramilitary murals and other loyalist trappings from an estate in Larne as part of a major clean-up operation.


A UDA-linked body has aided the removal of paramilitary murals and other loyalist trappings from an estate in Larne as part of a major clean-up operation.

The Ulster Political Research Group (UPRG) joined forces with two community groups at the weekend to begin the clean-up in the Craigyhill area of the Co Antrim town.

According to former East Antrim Assemblyman Roger Hutchinson, dozens of workers turned up on Saturday to help out with the work, which included painting out paramilitary murals, removing UDA-related posters and painting over red, white and blue kerb-stones and slogans on bus shelters.

The initiative is the result of work between the independent Unionist representative, the UPRG and the Craigyhill and Antiville Residents' Associations to improve the two estates and encourage more pride among the people living there.

Despite strong loyalist support in the estate, Mr Hutchinson said there had been no complaints about the removal of murals.

"There has been a lot of trouble in Larne over the past while between pipe-bombings and other attacks," he said.

"I have been working on the ground here for a long, long time and I know how people are feeling.

"There has been no hassle or nonsense over removing murals. Not one person has complained about it to me.

"The residents here worked very hard on this clean-up and they are rightly taking a lot of pride in it.

"The place looks a lot better and we are committed to keeping it that way."


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