Sectarian incidents and attacks

October 1st-31st 2001


Introduction:

The following list of sectarian and other hate-driven incidents and attacks is from 1 through 31 October 2001. The criteria we use for inclusion is based on the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) criteria; if a person/organisation feels that the motivation for an attack against them was sectarian (or racist or homophobic), then it should be counted as such. We rely on a number of sources for our information, but this is by no means comprehensive. If you find incidents that have been left off the list please contact us. A full dossier of sectarian and other hate attacks from January 1999 until September 2001 is also available.

October 1, Monday.
A suspect device, left outside the house of a leading north Belfast republican was declared a hoax by security forces. The Red Hand Defenders (RHD) (a cover name for the UDA/UFF and LVF) claimed responsibility for the device. (IN, RUC)

Loyalists threw balloons filled with urine at parents as they went to Holy Cross School to pick up their children. The loyalists then verbally abused and spat at the children and their parents on their way back from the school. It was announced that several of the children had been withdrawn from the school because of the threat to their safety posed by the loyalist protesters. (IN, CW, IT)

It was reported that five Catholic youths were charged with riotous behaviour following four hours of disturbances in interface areas of Derry between rival Celtic and Rangers supporters on September 30. Bricks, stones and fireworks were thrown during the disturbances. (IN, DJ, LS)

The funeral took place in Lurgan of journalist Martin O’Hagan who was murdered by loyalists on September 28. (IN, BBC)

Mark "Swinger" Fulton, leading loyalist and close associate of murdered LVF founder Billy Wright, denied any involvement in the murder of Martin O’Hagan. (IN, BBC)

There were outbreaks of loyalist violence at the North Queen Street/NewLodge interface and skirmishes between loyalist youths and nationalist youths at two different points on the Limestone road. (IN, CW)

Loyalists armed with bottles, nail-studded sticks and a spade, attacked a group of up to 40 Catholic school children waiting for a bus to school at the Duncairn Gardens interface in north Belfast. The children took refuge in a nearby business centre. (IN, CW)

Vandals smashed more than 70 windows at Ballygolan Primary School in north Belfast. DUP MP Nigel Dodds said he believed the attack was sectarian because the school is in a Catholic area. Local nationalist representatives denied the claim. (IN)

October 2, Tuesday.
British Conservative Party spokesman on Northern Ireland, Quentin Davies MP, accompanied Holy Cross parents and pupils to school. Mr Davies dismissed the claim, made later by the DUP’s Nelson McCausland, that he had assisted a republican propaganda campaign, as "idiotic". (IN, NBN, CW)

October 3, Wednesday.
The Ballymena Guardian reported that Clifford White (28) of Antrim Road, Ballymena, had been charged with having 315 shotgun cartridges, 14 bullets, a mercury tilt switch and a balaclava. (BG)

October 4, Thursday.
As the Holy Cross children were subjected to wails and a siren on their way to school, parents of some of the children travelled to Dublin to meet Irish President Mary McAleese. (IN)

Over £200 worth of damage was caused to a car belonging to Protestant community worker Jeanette Wharke when a group of 8- to 13-year-old nationalist children stoned her car as she drove into the mainly Protestant Fountain Estate in Derry. (LS)

October 5, Friday.
In Greencastle, a woman and her 8-year-old son escaped injury when a pipe bomb was thrown through a window and exploded in their living room. (RUC)

October 6, Saturday.
Scores of masked UDA men, wearing paramilitary uniforms and holding UDA and UFF banners, led loyalist marchers through Tigers Bay, along the Limestone Road, North Queen Street, and York Road. The procession was in commemoration of UDA member Tommy English, who was killed in the loyalist feud in October 2000. (IN, CW, NBN)

A Catholic taxi driver was lured into the loyalist Mourneview estate in Lurgan by a phone call about a bogus fare, where masked men attacked him with a pipe bomb. (IN)

October 7, Sunday.
The Sunday World reported that Coleraine DUP councillor James McClure had blocked a proposal for the council to send a letter to the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), expressing sympathy for Martin O’Hagan’s death. (SW)

Loyalists are thought to be behind a pipe bomb left at the Michel Davitt GAA club in Swatragh, Co Derry. A seven-year-old boy was found playing with the device. (IN, RUC)

The RUC recovered combat-style clothing and ammunition in a bag on Hallidays Road, in the loyalist Tigers’ Bay area of north Belfast. (RUC)

October 8, Monday.
Brendan Mailey, a leading figure among parents of Holy Cross pupils, revealed that he had withdrawn his eight-year-old daughter from the school because the protests were too much for her. (IN)

October 10, Wednesday.
The chair of the Human Rights Commission, Brice Dickson, visited Holy Cross parents and Glenbryn protesters on the Ardoyne Road. Prof. Dickson declined to walk up the road with the parents. In reference to the loyalist protest, he was quoted in the Irish News as saying "a peaceful protest like that is not harming anybody". The same paper reported a "noticeable decrease in the hostility from protesters". Church of England (Anglican/Episcopalian) Bishop Jeffries was said to have been moved to tears when he visited Holy Cross children going to school. He promised to raise the matter with Prime Minister Tony Blair. On the same day, Fr Aidan Troy raised the possibility of legal action if the dispute wasn’t resolved through dialogue. (IN)

A group claiming the name Catholic Reaction Force (CRF) posted threats to Protestant pensioners in Glenbryn in north Belfast. The threats were condemned by Holy Cross parents who said they were not being made in their name. It was widely believed that the threatening letters were fakes that had come from a loyalist source. Security sources refused to deny that this was a possibility. (IN, CW)

Nationalists and loyalists welcomed the announcement of plans to build a peace barrier between Glenbryn Park and Alliance Avenue. (IN, NBN)

October 11, Thursday.
Two Catholic men from west Belfast were attacked by a gang of sledgehammer wielding loyalists as they made their way home along the Westlink after a night out. One of the men was chased away while the other was assaulted repeatedly with a sledgehammer and stabbed with a knife. The RUC are treating the attack as an attempted sectarian murder. (IN, RUC)

The Derry News reported that there had been a series of sectarian incidents, including one between Celtic and Rangers fans, at Wetherspoons pub at the Diamond in Derry. DUP MLA Willie Hay expressed concern that the west bank of the city was becoming a no-go area for Protestants. (DN)

Protestant schoolchildren joined the loyalist protest against the Holy Cross children, jeering and whistling at them. Jibes were also made in reference to psychological problems, which the press had reported that Holy Cross Children were suffering. (IT)

In the afternoon, close to the Ardoyne shops, a group of 15-20 loyalists ambushed and beat to the ground a 17-year-old Catholic youth who had gone to rescue a man who was being beaten by a group of loyalists. The attackers were chased away by a group of nationalist men from a nearby bar. (IN)

The RUC recovered a significant quantity of a ammunition, drugs and paramilitary paraphernalia during a raid on a house in the loyalist Shankill area of Belfast. (RUC)

October 12, Friday.
Holy Cross parents accused Glenbryn residents of reneging on promises to end the protest made during facilitated negotiations. (IN)

The British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, John Reid, declared the UDA/UFF and the LVF ceasefires over. The reasons cited were the UDA’s implication by the RUC in over 200 pipe-bombings since the beginning of the year, several murders, and their involvement in renewed violence in the Shankill area of Belfast after Mr Reid had given them a reprieve. The organisation had also just become increasingly involved in attacks on the security forces, and some sources have claimed that this was the main reason for Reid’s decision. The LVF’s ceasefire was declared over because of its involvement in the murder of journalist Martin O’Hagan. The two organisations are closely linked, and have both used the cover name Red Hand Defenders when carrying out murders. John White of the UDA’s all-but-defunct political wing, the UDP, warned of a possible loyalist backlash against the decision. In Derry, the UDA asked why its organisation was singled out when republicans were being allowed into government. (IN, G, BBC, IT, LS, CW)

Following Prof. Brice Dickson’s visit as chair of the Human Rights’ Commission (HRC) to Holy Cross parents and Glenbryn residents, the HRC issued a statement in which it "accepted that residents as well as parents have concerns about human rights but it urged everyone to engage in dialogue to resolve their differences without resort to intimidation." Parents condemned the equation of the right of loyalists to engage in frequently violent protests with the rights of children to go to school. (IN)

A London judge sentenced three extreme right-wingers to 80 hours of community service and a £750 fine for their part in a neo-Nazi attack on the 1999 Bloody Sunday commemoration march in London. Two other men were jailed in 2000 for their part in the attack. The hate group watchdog Searchlight branded the judge’s decision not to sentence the men "soft and naïve". William Browning (31) of John Silkin Lane in Bermondsey, London, described by Searchlight as a violent hard-line Nazi who was formerly leader of Combat 18, complained that "the charges were a stitch-up. They [the demonstrators] deserved a kicking". Browning and his co-accused David Haldane, 28 from Campsie Avenue, Irvine in Ayrshire and Matthew Osbury, 30, of Malford Road, Oxford, all admitted using threatening words and behaviour likely to cause a breach of the peace. (IN)

October 13, Saturday.
Violence broke out at the Limestone Road interface in north Belfast as, according to the RUC, about 100 loyalists and nationalists threw stones and fireworks at each other. A 21-year-old Catholic man escaped an abduction attempt by a car full of loyalists on the Cliftonville road. His attackers hit him around the head with a hammer. He was saved by a passing motorist. A sophisticated "grenade-type" device was thrown out of a car at a group of Catholic men on the Antrim Road. No one was injured. (IN, RUC, NBN)

Security forces defused two pipe bombs, which had been left at Somerset Drive, Coleraine in the early hours of the morning. (IN)

The North Belfast News reported that the 9mm Browning pistol used in the 1989 assassination by the UDA of human rights defender Pat Finucane had been handed back to the British Army by the Northern Ireland Forensic laboratory where it was being held. Once back in Army hands, the weapon, which is key evidence in one of the north’s most high profile unsolved murders, had its barrel and slide replaced, thereby removing any forensic traces from the weapon. (NBN)

The same paper reported an increase in vandalism, some of it sectarian in nature, at a number of schools in north Belfast since the Holy Cross protest began. (NBN)

October 14, Sunday.
Violence again broke out at Limestone Road when about 100 loyalists and nationalists threw stones and fireworks at each other. One RUC officer was injured. Houses in the mainly Catholic Newington Avenue were attacked by loyalists with bricks, bottles and fireworks. Five shots were reported to have been fired. It is thought the shots were fired from both sides. (IN, RUC, NBN)

A Lurgan man was arrested in connection with the murder of Catholic journalist Martin O’Hagan. He was later released without charge. The arrest followed an RUC search of a house in the loyalist Mourneview Estate in Lurgan. (IN)

October 15, Monday.
The RUC arrested a man in connection with a weapons find on the Shankill Road. (IN)

The home of a Catholic resident of Newington Street, north Belfast, was pipe bombed three times during the evening. The resident, a woman in her 50s who has lived in the house since she was an infant, said she would have to move out if the attacks continued. This is the third occasion on which the house was attacked since August 2001. Loyalists stoned and paint bombed Catholic homes on North Queen Street. The RUC recovered eight primed pipe bombs, bomb components and a handgun in the car park of the Cavehill country park at Upper Hightown Road. (IN, NBN, RUC)

October 16, Tuesday.
The UDA were blamed for a number of pipe bomb attacks on Catholic homes in Duncairn Gardens, north Belfast. There was serious rioting at the Whitewell Road interface involving over 200 people. A Protestant couple in Tiger’s Bay had a pipe bomb thrown at their home. (IN)

October 17, Wednesday.
North Belfast priest Fr Pat McCafferty offered to travel with Protestant schoolchildren along the Oldpark Road after reports that nationalists had attacked their school buses. Fr McCafferty also asked the DUP’s Nigel Dodds to accompany the Holy Cross children. Translink, the transport company that runs buses in north Belfast, denied that any of the attacks on its buses were sectarian. Loyalists pipe bombed a Catholic home in Alliance Avenue, diminishing hopes of imminent talks. (NBN)

A pipe bomb used in an attack on a house in Alliance Avenue, north Belfast, was of a new, deadlier type. It is thought to be much deadlier because it is made using machine tools and is more explosive. The RUC confirmed the emergence of this new type of device. (NBN, IN)

Residents of the mainly Catholic Longlands Estate in north Belfast blacked out street lamps to prevent petrol bomb and pipe bomb attacks on their homes. They have also filled refuse bins with water to put out fires if any of the devices reach their targets. The houses have been under nightly attack since the summer. (IN)

The United Nations Human Rights Committee began a two day hearing with representatives of the British Government on its human rights record. Questions were asked about the Holy Cross protest, security force collusion, and the murders of Pat Finucane, Rosemary Nelson and Robert Hamill. (IN)

The RUC questioned Craigavon man Robert McNally in connection with the LVF murder of journalist Martin O’Hagan on September 28. McNally, a Catholic with loyalist sympathies, and who is the son of Craigavon SDLP councillor Mary McNally, gave himself up voluntarily to the RUC. (IN)

A loyalist blast bomb thrown from Glenbryn blew the back door off its hinges and shattered the window of a Catholic home on Alliance Avenue in north Belfast, injuring one occupant. At the same time nearby, the Holy Cross children and their parents were facing the daily gauntlet of loyalist protesters as they made their way home from school. (IN, RUC)

A pipe bomb exploded at a bar in Newtownards, Co Down. (RUC)

October 18, Thursday.
In north Belfast, two men from the loyalist Tigers Bay area attacked a Catholic home in Duncairn Gardens. Human Rights Commission members Inez McCormack and Prof. Christine Bell walked with parents and schoolchildren from Holy Cross School. (IN, NBN)

The Pat Finucane Centre called on the Chief Constable of the RUC to investigate comments made by participants at the Grand Protestant rally in Ballymena on September 28, the night journalist Martin O’ Hagan was assassinated. Among the speakers that night was Mark Harbinson, a spokesperson for the Loyalist Cultural Society (LCS), who said that he was now looking forward to "B52 bombers over Dublin" in the wake of the USA’s war against terrorism.

Another speaker, Grand Protestant Committee spokesman Ray Hamill, reminded the audience that "the most evil men in history", Hitler, Mussolini and Ribbentrop were all Roman Catholics. He also accused Tony Blair of having a Roman Catholic agenda, because his wife, Cherie Blair, is a Catholic, and pointed out that the Secretary of State, John Reid, is also a Catholic.

The PFC wants the Chief Constable to investigate the rally for possible breaches of public order legislation relating to incitement to religious hatred. (PFC, DJ, BT)

October 19, Friday.
Glenbryn residents cheered, laughed and shouted "you can’t even walk you stupid fenian bastards" at a Holy Cross pupil who tripped and fell on her way to school. (IN, BBC, NBN)

Residents of the mainly Catholic Manor Close in north Belfast have demanded security fencing to protect them from nightly attacks from across the sectarian interface.(NBN)

October 20, Saturday.
There were sectarian clashes at the Ardoyne Road interface in north Belfast. (RUC)

October 21, Sunday.
An eight-year-old Protestant boy from north Belfast needed eight stitches in his face after he was attacked with a piece of slate by older boys from the nationalist Oldpark area.(IN)

Serious rioting broke out in the Limestone Road area of north Belfast after two Catholic girls were rushed to hospital after a blast bomb was thrown from the loyalist Tigers Bay area at people returning from mass to their homes in the Newington Street area. Eight-year-old Sinéad was taken to hospital with shrapnel wounds to the back while her 11-year-old friend Néidín was treated for shock. In Glenside Parade, in the mainly Protestant Ballysillan, a man was injured by flying glass when a shot was fired through his living room window. Later, a Protestant man was wounded in the chest after a gun was fired from the nationalist side. Unionists blamed the Provisional IRA for the shooting. The claim was denied by local republicans. Disturbances continued in the north of the city for some time. Several pipe bombs were thrown at various locations.(NBN,IN,RUC)

In Strabane, a group of nationalists, believed to be in their 20s, assaulted a 14-year-old Protestant boy as he left a fast-food restaurant.(LS,DN, DJ, IN)

October 22, Monday.
A 31-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman, both from Ballymena, appeared in court in Coleraine on charges believed to be connected to the discovery of a loyalist arms cache. (IN)

The RUC found "hundreds of rounds" of ammunition, flares and smoke grenades in a loyalist area in east Belfast. (RUC)

October 23, Tuesday.
Citing the anniversary of the 1993 IRA bomb on the Shankill, the Red Hand Defenders (cover name for the UDA/UFF and LVF) said that it would take "military action" against children and parents going to Holy Cross School. There were scuffles at the picket after a protester lunged at a parent who was filming the protest. Protesters then charged at the parents with flagpoles. Human Rights Commissioners Patricia Kelly and Frank McGuinness were there to accompany the children to school and observe. Nuala O’Loan, the Police Ombudsman was also there to observe. She condemned the protest. On October 23 1993 nine Protestant civilians, including a baby, and an IRA member, were killed in bomb attack on the Shankill Road. (IN)

A 17-year-old Catholic girl from Carrickhill, north Belfast suffered a fractured skull when a brick was thrown from a passing car as she sheltered with friends in the doorway of a garage. The occupants of the car shouted ‘fenian scum’ before driving off in the direction of the Shankill Rd. Doctors at the Royal Victoria Hospital have told the teenager that extensive surgery may be necessary to mend the fractured bone. (NBN)

Roy Greenslade, a leading British media commentator, told a conference of the Society of Editors in London that a "hierarchy of death" existed in terms of news coverage of fatalities in the north which gave widespread coverage to some deaths and little to others. Referring to the scant mentions of the murder of journalist Martin O’Hagan, he compared it to the massive coverage of Veronica Guerin’s murder in Dublin. There was little or no mention of Mr. O’Hagan’s death in the London papers. He went on to state that the Sunday Tribune led with the story of the murder in its northern edition, but relegated the story to page 22 in the south. He listed this hierarchy, in order of priority as: British people killed in Britain by republicans; members of the security forces killed in the north of Ireland by republicans; civilian victims of republicans; IRA members or Sinn Fein representatives killed by security forces; Catholic or Protestant victims of loyalist paramilitaries and finally civilian victims of British security forces. (NBN)

In the mixed religion Oldpark area of north Belfast, loyalists pipe bombed the home of a Catholic couple and their four young children. The family were treated for shock. The mother of the children is from a mixed religion background. Local sources blamed the UDA for the attack. (RUC, CW, IN)

October 24, Wednesday
A Catholic family in Newington Avenue, north Belfast, said they would not be returning to their home following the third loyalist attack in five weeks. The family have been told by the Housing Executive that they may have to stay in a hostel until alternative accommodation can be found. (NBN, IN)

Loyalist protesters from the Glenbryn area blocked a section of the Crumlin Rd in north Belfast as children from Mercy Primary and St Gabriel’s Secondary School made their way home from school. Ironically this is the ‘alternative’ route that Holy Cross parents have been urged to use by loyalists. Pupils were taunted and insulted by the protesters who also blocked sections of Cambrai Street, Carlisle Circus and the Limestone Road.(NBN)

In a statement Roy Magee, the Presbyterian minister who helped broker the loyalist ceasefire in 1994, the Church of Ireland (Anglican/Episcopalian) Primate Robin Eames, the Rev Harold Good, President of the Methodist Church, and the former Catholic Primate, Cardinal Daly, called on loyalist paramilitaries to begin disarming in reciprocation of the decommissioning of weapons and explosives by the IRA. In welcoming the IRA’s move the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland (GOLI) called on all paramilitary organisations to decommission fully. (IN, BBC)

Loyalist protesters blockading Holy Cross children and parents on the Ardoyne Road held aloft banners which read "Loyalist Ardoyne accepts Sinn Féin/IRA surrender". (IN, NBN)

October 25, Thursday
A pensioner from the New Lodge area of Belfast escaped injury when she uncovered an unexploded pipe bomb while taking a stroll with her niece in the Duncairn Gardens area. It is believed loyalists may have thrown the device the previous night. (NBN, IN)

The RUC discovered a handgun, components for pipe bombs and a quantity of ammunition during a search of an unoccupied house in the loyalist Tiger’s Bay area of north Belfast.(RUC)

October 26, Friday
In Derry, SDLP councillor Gerard Diver narrowly escaped death when a pipe bomb exploded at the door of his Waterside home in the early hours of Friday morning. Gerard Diver’s wife had shouted a warning to him seconds before he went to investigate a suspicious noise. Nails and other shrapnel were found imbedded in the front hallway of the house. The couple’s four children were in the house at the time, but escaped injury. (RUC, IN, LS, DN, CW)

On the Ardoyne Rd near the Holy Cross school two protesters were arrested during minor scuffles as they tried to block parents attending a Halloween party at the school. A quantity of pipe bombs, bomb making equipment and weapons believed to belong to the UDA were discovered during a search by the security forces in the North Queen St area of Belfast. Later that evening serious rioting broke out in the loyalist Glenbryn area during which a British soldier was seriously hurt in a blast bomb attack. A Catholic pensioner and his two sons were also treated for shock when their Alliance Avenue home in north Belfast was targeted by loyalists.(NBN, IN)

In Ballymena the teenage son of the Police Ombudsman, Nuala O’Loan, was singled out from a group of friends in the Galgorm area and attacked. The assault on the teenager, whose father is an SDLP councillor, is believed to have been sectarian. (AN, IN, BBC)

October 27, Saturday
The Council for Catholic Maintained Schools announced that all Catholic schools in north Belfast would close for five days to allow for negotiations around the Holy Cross issue. Fr Aidan Troy, chairman of the Board of Governors, said that he might still press ahead with legal action if a solution was not found. NBN,IN)

October 28, Sunday.
A 27 year old Catholic man, Colin Foy, was shot dead in the bar of the Four Ways Hotel, Fivemiletown, Co Tyrone. Soon afterwards a part-time member of the Royal Irish Regiment, who was later charged with the murder, walked into the RUC barracks in nearby Clogher. Locals believe the two men would have known each other. Sinn Féin and SDLP representatives in the area issued statements raising questions about a possible sectarian motive for the killing. (BBC, IN, RUC)

A 36-year-old mother of five from Parkend St in north Belfast sustained injuries when she was assaulted by a gang of loyalists who were attacking homes in the area in the early hours of Sunday morning. The victim, Margaret Hale, blacked out shortly before being rescued by friends and neighbours. She was treated in hospital for a broken nose, fractured cheekbone and cuts and bruises. A 22-year-old Catholic man was treated in hospital for serious facial injuries sustained when a pipe-bomb exploded at his feet during clashes in north Belfast which left 31 RUC officers injured. A loyalist community worker, Eddie Mc Clean, blamed nationalists for sparking the trouble. He alleged that a gang had attempted to break into the home of a family on the Limestone Rd at around 4am and that loyalists who defended the area were met with a ‘heavy-handed’ response from the RUC. A pipe bomb was thrown at a Catholic home in Whitewell.(RUC, NBN, IN,BBC)

October 29, Monday
A school bus carrying pupils from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic school in Ballymoney was stoned while passing through the centre of the Co Antrim town. Also in Co. Antrim, a pipe bomb was discovered just before 8am outside a home at Skerrymore Place in Portrush. A couple and their six children were in the house at the time. A Catholic grandmother sustained cuts to her arms when a pipe bomb exploded in her back garden in Newington St, north Belfast. Rose Black, who had suffered a fractured skull in a 1981 loyalist attack, vowed not to leave the area despite the latest incident. (IN,NBN)

A 30-year-old Protestant man was shot dead outside his Catholic girlfriend's house in Strabane, Co Tyrone. The RUC blamed the INLA for the murder of Charles Folliard a former UDA prisoner. It would later transpire that the weapon used was an RUC issue Heckler and Koch automatic weapon which had fallen from an RUC vehicle in 2000. All republican groups have denied responsibility for the murder. (IN, DJ, CW)

In a section from the book Endgame in Ireland, by David McKittrick and Eamonn Mallie, one of the loyalist Greysteel killers, thought to be Jeffrey Deeney, admitted that he "felt no elation" after the attack because his gun had jammed during the attack. He said that he felt he hadn't done enough during the attack in which seven people were killed when the UDA opened fire inside a crowded pub on Hallowe'en night 1993. Deeney received a life sentence for his part in the attack, but was released under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement. (DJ)

October 30, Tuesday
A man reputed to be a senior loyalist figure was refused bail when he appeared at a Belfast court on charges connected to the weekend violence in the north of the city. Following the arrest of Jim Simpson early on Sunday evening a car was hijacked and a tree was felled across a road during a number of incidents. The Belfast based Irish News carried a two-page news focus to mark the eight-week point in the Holy Cross protest. A loyalist pipe bomb exploded at the rear of a house in Newington Street, north Belfast.(RUC, IN, NBN)

The RUC discovered a quantity of weapons in the mainly loyalist Lower Enniskeen area of Craigavon. (RUC)

October 31, Wednesday.
A part-time member of the Royal Irish Regiment (RIR), Glen Graham Strong, appeared in Cookstown court charged with the murder of a Catholic man at a hotel in nearby Fivemiletown, Co Tyrone three days earlier. Colin Philip Foy (27) died soon after being shot as he sat drinking with friends. (see October 28) Following the court appearance Survivors of Trauma spokesman Brendan Bradley called for the RIR to be withdrawn from the Ardoyne area of Belfast. "Nationalists do not trust the RIR and feel threatened by their presence. This latest incident in Tyrone points up the nature of this regiment who over the years have normally hit the headlines when one of their members has been in court on paramilitary charges."(NBN, IN, BBC, RUC)

Sources:
AN:   Andersonstown News
BG:   Ballymena Guardian
BT:   Belfast Telegraph
BBC:    BBC radio and television news, BBC online, Radio Foyle
CW:   Local community workers
DJ:   Derry Journal
DN:   Derry News
G:    The Guardian
IN:   Irish News
IT:   Irish Times
ITN:   Independent Television News
LS:   Londonderry Sentinel
NBelfN:   North Belfast News
NL:   Newsletter
OB:   Observer
PFC:    Pat Finucane Centre
RM:   RM Distribution
RUC:   Royal Ulster Constabulary press office
SBP:   Sunday Business Post
SI:   Sunday Independent
UTV:   Ulster Television


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