Tensions high in Heights

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Tensions remain high in the Heights area of Coleraine, following the conclusion of the Kevin McDaid trial.

Last week a banner commenting on the Kevin McDaid trial, was draped from a house in the Somerset Drive area.

A man was arrested on suspicion of disorderly behaviour, after bottles were thrown at police vehicles.

Over the weekend, graffiti was sprayed in the Killowen area which also refered to the Kevin McDaid trial.

As tensions remain high, a number of public representatives have spoken out. DUP councillor George Duddy called for police to take a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to those causing the trouble in the area. He claims that unionists in the area have not engaged in any anti social behaviour and that those causing the trouble are ‘well known’ to police.PUP representative, Russell Watton has also spoken out. SEE PAGE 9

He claims that protestants in the area are being ‘threatened and intimidated’ on a daily basis, and has blamed nationalist politicians for ‘increasing tensions’ in the Killowen and Heights areas.

Mr Watton said: “ The recent erection of republican flags in a 90% Protestant street is deliberate attempt to provoke a reaction.

“The P.U.P. has worked tirelessly over the last two weeks to defuse situations and lessen tensions. I have to ask if nationalist/republican representatives can say that they have done the the same?”

Yesterday, MLA Adrian McQuillan put forward a written question to Justice Minister, David Ford asking for details on how much the Kevin McDaid trial has cost the tax payer.

He has also asked Minister Ford for information on why the Public Prosecution Service recommended the Kevin McDaid case as a murder trial.

In a statement, the PSNI said that they were investigating a series of criminal damage incidents in the area of Coleraine, caused by graffiti in three areas on Friday evening.