29 July 2005

Feud estate operation continuing


The police and Army have set up checkpoints in White City

Police and soldiers have been operating checkpoints in a County Down housing estate for a second day amid continuing concerns about the loyalist feud.

The situation at the Loughview estate in Holywood remained quiet on Thursday.

Police said the operation, which started on Wednesday, was to prevent a repeat of scenes when the UVF forced LVF members out of a Belfast estate.

The cost of policing the feud over the last six weeks has been more than £1m.

Police have appealed for help from the public to bring it to an end.

During that time, 63 searches have been carried out, with 11 people arrested and seven charged.

As the feud continues in Holywood, police said they were in the area - known locally as the White City - to "disrupt the activities of those intent on increasing fear and intimidation".

On Monday a crowd of up to 100 UVF and UDA men gathered in the Garnerville area of east Belfast to prevent LVF members, who had been forced out, from moving back.

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