Hit and run escalates tensions

Allegations of a hit and run incident have lead to increased tensions in the Whitewell Road area with claims of threats being issued.If true, this is not the first example of such an incident in North Belfast, Thomas McDonald died in 2001 on the same road (the driver received a two-year sentence) as did William Morgan (scroll down) in 2002 at Tiger’s Bay (it was rumoured the alleged perpetrators of this were punished by republicans) while Stephen Sloane was left permanently brain damaged in November 2001 at Westland (the driver received a four year sentence).

The area also saw a series of attacks a few week ago. More here.

Meanwhile a pensioner couple whose home was petrol bombed in Lurgan believe it was sectarian.