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Thursday, 10 August, 2000, 14:30 GMT 15:30 UK
Stoning 'sectarian' say residents
A number of homes were damaged in the attacks
A number of homes were damaged in the attacks
Republicans have been blamed for attacks on homes and cars in three loyalist areas of Belfast.

The attacks happened within a three-hour period on Thursday in the Springmartin area, Denmark Street off the Shankill and Linfield Gardens in Sandy Row.

Windows were smashed with bricks and vehicles were attacked with hammers.

Chris McGimpsey
Chris McGimpsey said he was in no doubt who was responsible
Derek Anderson, one resident whose house was damaged, said people who arrived in three cars were responsible.

He said: "There were about three cars here. There were guys out with half bricks, throwing them at the windows. They just gave a clenched fist salute, and went yahoo and away.

"I don't understand why they did it because we don't do anybody any harm.

"Maybe we are a different religion than the people who did this, but other than that we don't do anybody any harm."

No-one was injured in the attacks.

The police said the first attack took place just before 0100 BST when the passengers of two cars threw bricks through the windows of houses in Denmark Street on the Shankill Road, and drove off towards Carlisle Circus.

Then at 0200 BST a vehicle drove into Linfield Gardens. A number of people got out and carried out an attack on houses and cars causing considerable damage.

Houses and cars on West Circular Road were then attacked at 0245 BST.

Ulster Unionist councillor Chris McGimpsey said the cars had their number plates covered and he said he was in no doubt who was responsible.

Billy Hutchinson
Billy Hutchinson: "These attacks are commonplace"
He said: "We're sitting at the internment anniversary, there are festivals all over nationalist areas of Belfast, there's a lot of people out and obviously some people on their way home are celebrating their culture by attacking the local Protestants," he said.

Progressive Unionist Party assembly member Billy Hutchinson said the attacks were commonplace.

He said: "They don't just happen at this time of the year, they happen at Christmas and the new year as well.

"I think the police have been a bit lax in terms of how they describe these attacks.

"They were blatant sectarian attacks," he said.

Sinn Fein councillor Michael Browne has also condemned the attacks on the homes and cars.

Councillor Browne said sectarian attacks were wrong and those responsible should stop immediately.

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