Page last updated at 06:35 GMT, Thursday, 10 September 2009 07:35 UK

Residents 'are being intimidated'

police car
The residents want the police to do more to protect them

Residents on the Oldpark Road in north Belfast have said they are suffering from an orchestrated campaign of violence and intimidation.

Although there has been sporadic trouble on the road for many years, they say the attacks have become almost daily in the last few months.

One resident, who did not want to be identified, said they were being let down by the police.

He said he was in two minds about whether to stay in the area.

"On two occasions we called the police, the people in the other houses were getting attacked and they called the police.

"They never came out until the next day, they said they hadn't enough resources, but that's a joke especially up around a flashpoint area" he said

"Are they saying they've only two Land Rovers to cover the whole of north Belfast?"

The man said it felt like living in a prison as people did not leave their homes in the evening.

He called for CCTV cameras to be put up and more police patrols in the area.

Former Ulster Unionist councillor Fred Rodgers said he believed the attacks on the Protestant residents were sectarian.

"It's deplorable that people are living in fear down there," he said.



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