Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Petrol bomb car attack condemned

Dissident republicans have been blamed for a petrol bomb attack on a car at a police officer's family home

A petrol bomb attack on a car outside a police officer's family home in Londonderry has been widely condemned.

Dissident republicans were blamed for the attack and a masked man was said to have been seen fleeing the scene at 9.30pm on Tuesday.

The SDLP, Sinn Fein and the Alliance Party were among those who hit out at the incident which targeted the home of former deputy mayor of Derry Liam Bradley, whose son is a police officer.

Detectives have appealed for anyone with information on the attack, which destroyed the car at Lone Moor Road, to come forward.

SDLP Assembly member Pat Ramsey said: "No doubt those behind it are a small minority in the city of Derry who belong to the group known as dissident republicans.

"They are intent on destroying anybody or anything belonging to any Catholic officer in the PSNI.

"The Bradleys have a son in the police service who they are very proud of and it's because of that they're being targeted."

He told UTV: "To those responsible - I hope you're proud of yourselves, because this is two older people."

The Alliance Party's Keith McGrellis said: "I am absolutely disgusted at news of this incident.

"Northern Ireland has made so much progress in building peace and stability and those who wish to ruin this progress cannot and must not succeed."

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