Last post of the evening. The (London) Times reports an attack in which it alleges that men involved in the murder of Robert McCartney have severely beaten his friend Geoff Commander. His sister Catherine McCartney further alleged that: “The same men who were involved in Robert’s murder are walking around this area in a show of strength. They’re demonstrating that, in spite of all the talk that they have been put out of the IRA. They haven’t”.
Update: McKittrick believes the IRA of using riots as cover.
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