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17,324. It was a brutal and audacious bank robbery using the maximum threat of violence and death.  It sent shock waves around the world just days before Christmas in 2004 the theft of £26.5 took place from the headquarters of the Northern Bank in Belfast Northern Ireland.  (Gangs UK: Belfast & Banks & Belfast)  Britain’s Biggest Heists II: The Northern Bank Robbery, 2011

 

17,325.  Two employees and their families were abducted and held hostage by a criminal gang who threatened them with violence and death.  (Gangs UK: Belfast & Banks & Belfast)  ibid.

 

17,326. Following the raid the Northern Bank announced that it would take the drastic step to withdraw all its bank notes.  (Gangs UK: Belfast & Banks & Belfast)  ibid.

 

 

17,327.  Too many things point it having been the IRA.  One is the manner of taking people hostage ... Second is the scale of the thing.  (Gangs UK: Belfast & Banks & Belfast)  Professor Richard English, author The History of the IRA

 

 

65,007.  This is Belfast.  It’s fifteen years since the troubles came to an end here … But this city is still divided up between Catholics and Protestants.  And summertime here often means rioting.  (Belfast & Northern Ireland & Riot)  Petrol Bombs & Peace: Welcome to Belfast, BBC 2013

 

65,008.  Massive riots kicked off when the British flag was taken down from Belfast City Hall … They went crazy for weeks.  (Belfast & Northern Ireland & Riot)  ibid.

 

65,009.  Ardoyne: Even the bus-stops are Catholic or Protestant.  (Belfast & Northern Ireland & Riot)  ibid.

 

65,010.  In the violence that followed, 3,600 people died and up to 50,000 were injured.  (Belfast & Northern Ireland & Riot)  ibid.

 

65,011.  ‘Just celebrating our culture.’  (Belfast & Northern Ireland & Riot) ibid.  bandsman building bonfire

 

65,012.  People are prepared to believe almost anything about each other.  (Belfast & Northern Ireland & Riot)  ibid.

 

65,013.  The rioting continued for four days and spread across the city.  Rioters threw nearly 130 petrol bombs.  (Belfast & Northern Ireland & Riot) ibid.

 

 

95,874.  Some people did call it a revolution.  And some people called it the Troubles – an equally useless word.  (Belfast & Records)  Good Vibrations, BBC 2015

 

95,875.  We’ve got reggae; what have they got?  (Belfast & Records)  ibid.

 

95,876.  I’ll put that record out.  I dunno.  How hard could it be?  (Belfast & Records)  ibid.

 

95,877.  The revolutionary power of the seven-inch single.  (Belfast & Records)  ibid.

 

95,878.  There were no winning sides back then.  (Belfast & Records)  ibid.

 

 

95,879.  In Belfast, I have seen whole streets burned out by sectarian warfare between different sects of Christianity, and interviewed people whose relatives and friends have been kidnapped or killed or tortured by rival religious death squads, often for no other reason than membership of another confession.  Christopher Hitchens, God is Not Great p18   

 

 

99,765.  This is the story of a dramatic and deadly series of events that took place at two funerals in Belfast in March 1988.  (Belfast & Funeral & Murder Cases)  The Funeral Murders, BBC 2018

 

99,766.  The Gibraltar 3 were unarmed when they were killed … The coffins were driven 100 miles north across the border to Belfast.  (Belfast & Funeral & Murder Cases)  ibid.   

 

99,773.  A sense of nervousness about how the funeral would be policed.  (Belfast & Funeral & Murder Cases)  ibid.

 

99,859.  This triple republican funeral was a major event in west Belfast with thousands of people lining the route.  (Belfast & Funeral & Murder Cases)  ibid.    

 

99,860.  ‘There was a loud boom’ … ‘And then people were sort of in a panic’ … ‘There were more explosions’ … ‘I seen this fellow, ended up Michael Stone, having this handgun’ … ‘Then he pulled out a grenade’ … The crowd of mourners caught up with him and successfully overpowered him.  (Belfast & Funeral & Murder Cases)  ibid.

 

116,957.  He [Stone] attacked the mourners indiscriminately injuring 60 people and killing three of the young men.  (Belfast & Funeral & Murder Cases)  ibid. 

 

116,958.  Just 72 hours after the funeral of the Gibraltar three republicans prepared for another funeral … IRA volunteer Michael Brady who’d been killed by Michael Stone three days earlier.  (Belfast & Funeral & Murder Cases)  ibid.

 

116,959.  British soldiers who had been travelling in an unmarked vehicle.  (Belfast & Funeral & Murder Cases)  ibid.  

 

 

118,213.  I met a women: she said that she is Belfast, the city of Northern Ireland where I grew up.  The woman said that she is as old as the city … so I listened.  I Am Belfast, 2015, opening dialogue

 

118,214.  We made the world’s linen and ships for the seven seas.  ibid.  woman

 

118,215.  This is a colour study: steel grey and purple.  ibid.  

 

118,216.  Now these yellow dinosaurs munch here.  ibid.

 

118,217.  Our buses became skeletons.  Soon, CS canisters were used in my streets.  Soldiers raided houses in the Falls Road then blockaded the area.  ibid.  

 

118,218.  26 in just over an hour.  The bombers said they wanted to make of me a commercial desert.  11 die and 130 are injured.  Body parts are scattered all over me.  (Belfast & Bomb)   

 

118,219.  That old luminosity was still there.  ibid.

 

118,220.  We’ve more walls keeping Salt and Sweet apart than I can ever remember.  ibid.

 

 

123,285.  In 1998 the Good Friday Agreement was signed, brokering a peace deal between Republicans and Unionists in Northern Ireland.  Nearly a decade later Al Jazeera visited Belfast to explore ongoing divisions in the city.  (Northern Ireland & Belfast & Border)  Walls of Shame: Northern Ireland’s Troubles, Al Jazeera 2016/2007

 

123,286.  The modern history of Northern Ireland has been dominated by one thing: the Troubles.  (Northern Ireland & Belfast & Border)  ibid.

 

123,287.  What Northern Ireland has now is not so much peace as an absence of conflict.  (Northern Ireland & Belfast & Border)  ibid.

 

123,288.  Today there are believed to be 41 deliberate barriers across Belfast.  (Northern Ireland & Belfast & Border)  ibid.

 

 

132,222.  A lot of these [walls] have actually gone up after the peace process began.  (Ireland & Northern Ireland & Belfast)  Ireland with Simon Reeve III, BBC 2019

 

 

136,276.  The troubles in Belfast also framed the acclaimed Billy trilogy by Graham Reid made for BBC Northern Ireland in the final years of Play for Today.  The dramas explore tensions and violence in a protestant working class family.  (Drama & Play & Television & Belfast)  Drama out of a Crisis: A Celebration of Play for Today, BBC 2020  

 

 

31,869.  The worst gang of serial killers in British history.  A gang that gruesomely lived up to their name: the Shankill Butchers.  (Northern Ireland & Gangs UK: Belfast & Belfast)  Shankhill Butchers, BBC 2015

 

31,870.  How did the Shankill Butchers get away with it for so long?  (Northern Ireland & Gangs UK: Belfast & Belfast)  ibid.

 

31,871.  1972 saw the highest death toll of the Troubles in one year: nearly 500 people were killed.  In January Bloody Sunday was seared into the memory.  Horror followed upon horror.  (Northern Ireland & Gangs UK: Belfast & Belfast)  ibid.

 

 

31,872.  Power struggles between the UDA and the UVF were rampant.  (Northern Ireland & Gangs UK : Belfast & Belfast)  ibid.

 

31,873.  In June 1973 [Lenny] Murphy was acquitted of the Pavis murder ... He set up his own unit ... He was determined to unleash a level of sectarian savagery never before seen in Northern Ireland.  (Northern Ireland & Gangs UK: Belfast & Belfast)  ibid.

 

31,874.  The killers were dubbed the Shankill Butchers.  (Northern Ireland & Gangs UK: Belfast & Belfast)  ibid.

 

31,875.  Victim number five was another Catholic randomly targeted at night within a square mile of Millfield.  (Northern Ireland & Gangs UK: Belfast & Belfast)  ibid.

 

31,876.  With nineteen murders between them they were at the time the most prolific serial killers in British history.  (Northern Ireland & Gangs UK: Belfast & Belfast)  ibid.

 

31,877.  In November 1982 murder caught up with Lenny Murphy: he was shot in Glencairne.  (Northern Ireland & Gangs UK: Belfast & Belfast)  ibid.

 

31,878.  Nineteen people died at the hands of the Shankill Butchers ... They used the Troubles for what they did.  (Northern Ireland & Gangs UK: Belfast & Belfast)  ibid.

 

31,879.  All of the convicted Shankill Butchers have been released from jail.  (Northern Ireland & Gangs UK: Belfast & Belfast)  ibid.

 

31,880.  ‘The barbarism savours of Jack the Ripper butchery.’  (Northern Ireland & Gangs UK: Belfast & Belfast)  ibid.  Thomas Passmore, ex Orange Order leader

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