15 October 1998 Edition

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Sectarian attacks must end - Kelly

SF Assembly member Gerry Kelly has slammed the latest in a series of sectarian attacks on Catholic homes in North Belfast. In the early hours of Monday morning two homes, one in Serpentine Road and the other on the Whitewell Road, were attacked with petrol bombs. Both houses were occupied and the occupants, including a disabled child who was asleep at the time of the attack, were lucky to escape serious injury.

One family who owns shops in the local area had received a number of earlier threats to their property. A settee standing at the front of the house was set alight, badly damaging the front of the house and upstairs balcony. At the second house petrol was poured through the letter box and set alight. The second famly, who escaped injury only because they were woken by a fire alarm, have now moved out of the area. ``This was another sectarian attack in an ongoing campaign of harassment,`` said Kelly, ``elected representatives and community leaders need to work together to help achieve an end to such attacks.''

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