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Cantrell Close: Drugs found after Catholic families forced out

Cantrell Close in south Belfast where cannabis and class A drugs have been seized. Picture by Mal McCann

CANNABIS and class A drugs have been found at a south Belfast housing development at the centre of a row over sectarian threats.

Police said last night they had seized the drugs, along with drug paraphernalia, during the search of a house in Cantrell Close yesterday.

Last week, four Catholic families were forced to leave their homes in the development - a shared housing area off Ravenhill Avenue - following threats from the East Belfast UVF.

Inspector Keith Hutchinson appealed to anyone with information about illegal drugs to contact police.

"We know drugs are an issue of concern for local communities and we understand the misery drugs can cause to communities, to families and to those who get involved in drugs," he said.

"We will continue to disrupt and arrest those involved in the sale and supply of drugs, bring individuals before the courts and work with communities and partner agencies to reduce the threat of this harmful and illegal activity."

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