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Baby escapes injury in attack blamed on South East Antrim UDA

Police say they believe the South East Antrim UDA were to blame for the attack.

THE PSNI has said loyalist paramilitaries were responsible for attacks on several homes and cars in Co Down, with a young baby narrowly escaping injury in one of them.

Posting on the PSNI Ards Facebook page, the police service said the attacks took place in Newtownards on Wednesday night and claimed the "Newtownards based South East Antrim UDA were responsible..."

In the post, the PSNI said: "In one of the incidents, large bricks were thrown through a front living window landing on their furniture narrowly missing young children.

"Had they been less fortunate glass and bricks would have landed in a pram with a young baby.

"Our enquires lead us to believe that members of Newtownards based South East Antrim UDA were responsible for these attacks. They may well give their own warped explanation of why these attacks take place but I’m not sure what they achieve by terrorising children and babies in the sanctuary of their own home".

The post added: "These criminals skulk about in the hours of darkness terrorising local communities under the banner of South East Antrim UDA - they do this to control communities not help them. You can do your piece to fight back by calling Crimestoppers or by getting in touch via 101 or private message with any information you have".

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