Belfast Telegraph

UVF petrol bombers in Alliance office attack caught on camera

By Chris Kilpatrick

A gang who threw seven petrol bombs at offices belonging to the Alliance Party were caught on security camera during the attack blamed on the UVF.

The lethal devices were thrown at the Newtownards Road premises on Tuesday evening in an incident described by the party's East Belfast MP Naomi Long as "another attack on democracy".

There was scathing criticism from Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness of unionist leaders and police in the wake of the attack.

Those responsible smashed windows before throwing the petrol bombs in an effort to raze the building. The office was open as usual yesterday morning with the party saying it has no plans to relocate from the area.

Police said at least four people were involved, and are studying CCTV images in an effort to identify them.

There was cross-party condemnation of the incident throughout yesterday with Mr McGuinness – who visited the premises – saying all politicians must challenge such "despicable" attacks.

He laid the blame with loyalist paramilitaries.

"The activities of the UVF in east Belfast over the course of the last two years have been particularly disgraceful, criminality of the worst kind," he said. "The response of unionist leaders to the activity of these people has been inadequate and I also think the response of the police has been inadequate."

First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson said "destruction of any kind advances no cause and can never be justified".

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