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Demand to remove ‘offending and intimidating’ UVF flags

A UVF flag - one of many across the Province. The latest ones erected in a Co Down village has sparked protests

A UVF flag - one of many across the Province. The latest ones erected in a Co Down village has sparked protests

UVF flags have raised concern across the community in the Co Down village of Clough, it has been claimed.

Alliance councillor Patrick Clarke, who has called for the removal of the flags, said they are “clearly offending and intimidating members of the Protestant community who have contacted me”.

He said it is understood that the UVF flags have been erected in connection with the forthcoming July 12 celebrations.

“I have been contacted by local residents in Clough who feel very intimidated by the erection of paramilitary UVF flags and are too afraid to say anything about it publicly,” said Mr Clarke.

“The local residents are very angry at the erection of paramilitary UVF flags, without consultation or notification.

“The local residents are from both sides of the community so it is clear these paramilitary UVF flags are not wanted.”

He said local residents have told him there are a number of UVF flags in the village “and a UVF sign on the arch as well”.

Mr Clarke added: “If members of the Protestant community feel unhappy with paramilitary UVF flags then it is clear that the organisers who erected them should respect the wishes of their own community.

“I would call upon local community leaders in Clough who can help to try and resolve the issue.”

A PSNI spokesman yesterday said “no issues” had been raised with them in recent days about UVF flags in Clough.

 

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