Blair: Glengormley violence is unacceptable

Alliance Councillor John Blair condemned outbreaks of violence in Glengormley tonight, reiterating the importance of town centres remaining shared spaces open to the whole community.

The Newtownabbey Councillor was speaking after trouble flared across Glengormley earlier tonight, which saw the building that houses the office of Alliance Party Leader David Ford attacked.

Councillor John Blair said: “I wholeheartedly condemn the actions of those involved in tonight’s violence. There is no place for this unacceptable behaviour in our society.

“The most disappointing aspect is that a lot of people are working in the area on behalf of all the community to make Glengormley a safe and successful place. Community, business and Council representatives alike have taken great strides towards creating a shared community, especially bringing young people from all backgrounds together.

“No doubt the people who caused what looked like a planned outbreak of violence had a clear intent to disrupt community relations.

“During the disturbances the building in which David Ford’s constituency office is based was also attacked, with damage done to the office of another tenant. This was a despicable attack and I would urge anyone with information to contact the PSNI as soon as possible.”
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