A REPUBLICAN Dissident vigilante group has claimed it carried out an attack on a house in North Belfast days after issuing a threat to the parents of young people allegedly involved in antisocial activity.
In a statement to The Irish News, Action Against Drugs (AAD) said it targeted a house in the New Lodge area on Monday evening and “wracked it”. Police last night said it was reported that paint was thrown over the house and two windows in a door were smashed at around 10.45pm. In a statement the RUC/PSNI said a number of people dressed in dark clothing were seen running away from the property”.
SDLP councillor Paul McCusker,
who condemned the attack, said tensions “have been very high over the past few weeks”. “Windows were smashed and paint thrown at the front of the property and those living at this [house] and neighbours were left frightened.
Those behind this attack Can’t be allowed to take any action into their own hands which will lead to further problems within the community,” he said. On Monday AAD issued a statement to The Irish News which said: “Parents who condone and allow their sons/daughters to participate will be held responsible for their actions. “Control your youth or we will.” Days earlier armed masked men were pictured (pictured) in front of graffiti in the New Lodge area, threatening to take action. The warning follows the building of a controversial anti-internment bonfire by young people earlier this month and an upsurge in antisocial behaviour.
With many thanks to the: Irish News and Connor Young for the original story.