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Family's anger at 'lack of police action' in catching thugs who attacked home

By Cate McCurry

A Co Down man whose home was attacked has accused the PSNI of failing to investigate the incident, claiming "no witnesses" were questioned.

Gareth Quinn, from Ballynahinch, said his 63-year-old mother has been left "in bits" after she discovered the front living room window had been smashed during the early hours of Sunday.

May Jeffries woke before 6am on Sunday for work when she made the shocking discovery.

Gareth (32) immediately contacted the police to report the criminal damage, which he said is not paramilitary-connected.

The fitness trainer claimed it took officers over an hour to reach their home, despite the police station being within a mile of the property.

He also alleged that none of his neighbours were approached.

"They have done nothing to investigate it," he said.

"Not one officer questioned our neighbours or witnesses about it.

"They told us they would follow it up but they haven't, they were in and out in only five minutes.

"It turns me, the lack of interest shown in this.

"There was glass all over the living room and my mum was in bits," Mr Quinn added.

Terry Andrews, SDLP councillor for Newry, Mourne and Down Council, condemned the attack.

"My heart goes out to the family and they certainly do not deserve to be subjected to that sort of treatment," he commented. "No one should have to suffer that kind of treatment. I want to pass my sympathies to the family.

"People are going through so much anguish and they certainly don't need this in their lives. It is very upsetting for everyone involved," Mr Andrews added.

Police in Downpatrick, however, have said their enquiries are ongoing. They said they received a report of criminal damage at a house in the Willow Crescent area of Ballynahinch on Sunday.

Inspector Philip Quinn added: "The report that the living room window of the house had been smashed was received at around 5.45am. Police enquiries into the incident are currently ongoing. I would appeal to anyone with any information about this to contact officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Team in Downpatrick."

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