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UVF 'gives up' mural in Bangor

The UVF in Bangor has made "a step towards normalisation" by giving up one of its murals on a loyalist housing estate.

THE UVF in Bangor has made "a step towards normalisation" by giving up one of its murals on a loyalist housing estate.

The wall, which currently depicts a paramilitary mural, is being handed over to the community.

And three young offenders from the estate who engaged in anti-social behaviour are whitewashing the wall over the weekend in preparation for a community arts project.

The three teenagers are currently on the IMPACT restorative justice programme which was launched in Kilcooley earlier this year. Instead of being dealt with by paramilitaries, the teenagers joined the IMPACT scheme.

Davy Ross, director of the Kilcooley IMPACT scheme, said the painting over of the paramilitary mural in Bangor follows similar incidents taking place in Belfast.

He said: "The UVF gave this mural over after a period of negotiations, as a step towards normalisation and we must thank them for their positive approach. We hope this will set an example to others in Northern Ireland."


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