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Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 August 2005, 16:40 GMT 17:40 UK
Police 'assurances' over attacks
The attack at Tudor Vale caused damage in the living room and hall
The attack at Tudor Vale caused damage in the living room and hall
One of Northern Ireland's most senior police chiefs has met with local officers to discuss a series of sectarian attacks in County Antrim.

Deputy Chief Constable Paul Leighton travelled to Ahoghill to reassure residents police were doing everything possible to end the violence.

He said there had been an "element" of sectarianism to the attacks.

"I'm entirely satisfied police officers here have worked tirelessly to try and alleviate this situation," he said.

A Catholic church and school were splattered with paint on Monday night, the same night as the attack on a Catholic couple's Tudor Vale home.

The McCaugherys said they feared for their lives after the attack and had decided to leave their home of eight years.

Last week, Catholic residents in the village were supplied with fire-resistant blankets and smoke alarms amid fears of fresh attacks.

Security patrols in the village were also stepped up following a series of attacks by loyalists.

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