150 silent protesters at Workman Avenue over ‘sectarian attacks’


Around 150 people turned up to what was described as a silent protest to show their backing for residents whose area had come under attack.

Belfast City councillor Brian Kingston (DUP) said that the gathering at Workman Avenue early yesterday evening in north-west Belfast had passed off peacefully.

He said it had come about after a series of incidents in the area in the past fortnight which had included a house window being smashed, sectarian graffiti being sprayed, and a windscreen of a car – which belongs to a couple in their 80s – being broken.

“This was a one-off, just to show solidarity with the residents – that others are thinking of them,” he said after returning from the protest, mainly attended by those from the greater Shankill area.

He added that there will be a meeting taking place today with police from the Tennent Street and Grosvenor Road stations.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to ring police at either station on 0845 600 8000, or to contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.