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Saturday, 12 August, 2000, 13:25 GMT 14:25 UK
LVF backs shooting threat
UFF threatened to end its ceasefire in June
UFF threatened to end its ceasefire in June
The paramilitary Loyalist Volunteer Force has said it supports a renewed threat by the rival Ulster Freedom Fighters to shoot anyone who attacks Protestant homes.

The LVF issued a statement on Saturday following the latest spate of attacks on both loyalist and nationalist houses in Belfast.

In a telephone call to a Belfast newsroom, a spokesman for the paramilitary group said it would take similar action to the UFF "if necessary".

On Friday, the Ulster Democratic Party chairman John White said the UFF had reinstated its June threat.

The Shankill UFF then said it would "reserve the right to shoot any person seen to be attacking Protestant homes in north and west Belfast".

But Mr White, whose party has links to the UFF, said the threat did not mean the UFF's ceasefire, made at the same time as the other loyalist paramilitary groups in 1994, was over.

The UDP's John White: Threat in response to attacks on homes
John White: "Threat in response to attacks on homes"
Mr White said that the threat came in response to renewed attacks on Protestant homes.

Police are appealing for information about the latest attack on homes - the third night in a row that such attacks have taken place.

Windows were broken in two houses in the loyalist Gunnell Hill area of Whitewell, in the north of the city, after bricks were hurled at the homes about 0400 BST on Saturday.

Windows in two flats in nearby Rathcoole were also smashed. Cars parked nearby were also damaged.

In a separate incident, three houses on the nationalist Springfield Road area of Belfast were pelted with paint bombs and ball-bearings.

The attacks smashed ground floor windows just before 2000 BST on Friday.

On Thursday night, an elderly woman was injured in an attack on houses in a nationalist area of north Belfast.

The police said three car-loads of men attacked a row of houses at the junction of Crumlin Road and Butler Walk.

Six homes had their windows smashed and were daubed with paint. An elderly woman living in one of the houses was treated for cuts and bruises to her stomach and leg

Houses at Carrick Hill in Belfast were also splattered with red, white and blue paint bombs.

A hammer was thrown through the window of a front door.

One resident told BBC Radio Ulster he believed those who attacked the houses were from the Shankill area of west Belfast.

Attacks in loyalist areas

There were also attacks on homes in loyalist areas of Belfast on Wednesday night.

Residents blamed republicans for the attacks on homes and cars 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. No-one was injured.

The police said the attacks were carried out by the passengers of two cars.

Ulster Unionist councillor Chris McGimpsey blamed nationalists for the attacks.

Sinn Fein councillor Michael Browne condemned the attacks as sectarian.

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