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Last Updated: Saturday, 16 April, 2005, 09:31 GMT 10:31 UK
Christian taxi firm closes down
Pastor Jack McKee standing beside a broken window at his home
Windows were broken at Pastor Jack McKee's home
A Christian taxi firm set up in the Shankill area of Belfast has closed down.

It was established earlier this year by Pastor Jack McKee and the New Life Fellowship church.

Earlier this week, windows in his home were smashed and his car was destroyed by a petrol bomb.

At the time, Pastor McKee said he had no doubt that this was linked to the firm. The pastor said he had brought jobs to the area with his company.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the firm said: "Due to further concerns expressed by the PSNI and for the sake of our drivers and their families, we the leadership of New Life Fellowship took the decision to close Liberty taxis.

"We will continue to promote and practice the Christian message of love and forgiveness and to pray for all who live and work within the Shankill community and our neighbouring communities."

Pastor McKee and his family were in bed when the attack on his home happened.

His car was destroyed by a petrol bomb
His car was destroyed by a petrol bomb

He said he saw three men running away, although he believes five or six may have been involved.

The police said they did not comment on the personal security of any individual.

However, a spokesman said if the PSNI believed a person needed to review their personal security they would always take steps to inform them.


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BBC NI's Julie McCullough:
"Police said they did not comment on the personal security of any individual"



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