27.1.05

BBC

Arrest after petrol bombs seizure

Police have recovered more than 30 petrol bombs during searches in north Belfast.

The haul was discovered in a house in the mainly loyalist Ballysillan area on Wednesday evening.

A quantity of drugs were also seized during the planned security operation. One man has been arrested.

PSNI District Commander, Superintendent Mike Little, said police in the north Belfast area were determined to crack down on crime.

"This seizure demonstrates the police service's commitment to crack down and tackle all kinds of criminality in north Belfast," he said.

The number of officers patrolling north Belfast increased this week in response to an escalating loyalist paramilitary feud.

There has been growing violence in a dispute between the Loyalist Volunteer Force and the Ulster Volunteer Force.

A taxi company part-owned by a prominent loyalist has been forced to close and several people have been beaten and intimidated.

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