Loyalist turned away from centre


Leading UDA figure in south Belfast Jackie McDonald was turned away today from the leisure centre where Romanian families are staying following racist attacks in the city.

Mr McDonald claimed he wanted to help the families who had been caught up in the attacks. However, he and three colleagues were stopped from entering the premises by a police officer outside.

Clearly irritated at being turned away, Mr McDonald nevertheless said he utterly condemned the targeting of the families. He added that work was going on within the community to ensure that those involved stop.

“We’re trying to talk to young people to encourage them not to do what they are doing,” he said.