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Violent crime has soared by very nearly a quarter

VIOLENT crime in West Belfast increased by 23.4 per cent (70 incidents) over the last-measured six-month period, according to new police stats. The figures were revealed during the recent meeting of the West Belfast DPP sub group where PSNI chiefs for the area submitted their six-month report for West Belfast covering the period from April to September 2011.

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You have your say on the strike

THE rain stayed away across West Belfast yesterday as public sector workers took to the picket lines outside our local schools, transport and hospitals services, protesting over threats to their pensions and the fear of further deeper cuts to vital services.

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Families’ joy as inquest is ordered

THE reopened inquests into the deaths of 10 of those who died in the Ballymurphy Massacre will “blow the entire case clean out of the water”, says the daughter of one of the victims.

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Timeline of the Ballymurphy Massacre between August 9 and 11 1971

Fr Hugh Mullan Corpus Christi Parish Priest, who was shot and killed by British paratroopers on the first day of the Massacre (August 9) as he tended to the injured in Springfield Park.

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Fresh inquests into the Ballymurphy Massacre are a big step forward in the campaign for truth

Solicitor for the Families In conflict zones throughout the world there are often competing versions of the truth: that promoted by the state which has inflicted human rights abuses and that preserved by those families and communities who have suffered the abuses.

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A welcome sign

THIS week’s announcement by the Attorney General John Larkin that inquests are to reopen into the deaths of 10 of the 11 people killed in the Ballymurphy Massacre of August 1971 is to be welcomed. But the families of the slain have come too far, worked too hard and endured to much to imagine that this will automatically and finally give them part of the justice that they crave.

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