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BBC reporter:
Two boxes of belongings snatched in the night. These three families have fled their homes forced out of Carrickfergus by loyalists on the rampage. Lisa Magill says loyalist paramilitaries went from house to house on Saturday night tracking her family down.

Lisa Magill:
I know their faces. I know exactly who they are and I don't believe that it's... If they didn't want to put me out they wouldn't have done so. They will do what they want because they can. Because they rule Carrick and it's not fair because it's my town. I have lived there for 28 years. I have a beautiful home that I can't go back to. Three families can't go back to. We haven't even got a toilet here. I don't even have underwear. I think this is a disgrace.

BBC reporter:
Today this flat in Thomas Street is boarded up and empty. But it's not the only Carrickfergus home abandoned this weekend.
It all started in another area of the town when a row erupted over a Celtic poster on the wall of a house. Christopher Magill came here to see a friend, but he was followed by a loyalist crowd. Eight of them broke in, attacked him and even pushed the 24 year old through a downstairs window.

Alliance Party Councillor Séan Neeson:
Once again this has been a long-established Carrickfergus family that have been attacked and, no doubt in my mind, many of those who have been involved have been "blow-ins" who think they own this area and they don't.

BBC reporter:
Battered and bruised, Christopher Magill has been left with a broken nose, two broken cheekbones and, whilst he was being attacked in the flat, two terrified young children were trapped upstairs.

Sinn Féin Councillor Martin Meehan:
As far as I am concerned the UVF, the PUP, who allegedly are on ceasefire, have to whole-heartedly come out and condemn what happened here. This was a drunken mob that lives could have been lost; could have been lost very, very easily.

BBC reporter:
These families are now waiting to be re-housed and thinking about starting new lives, all because of a row over a football poster on a child's bedroom wall.

Rosie Billingham - BBC Newsline, County Antrim. (26/07/2004)

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