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Police treating attack on family as hate crime

By Nevin Farrell

A mother has told how her son had a narrow escape from serious injury after a brick came through the living room window of their County Antrim home near to where the teenager had been sitting watching football on TV minutes earlier.

Police are treating the incident at Centuripe Avenue in Ballymena on Thursday night at 10.15pm as a hate crime and the woman, who did not wish to be named, believed it was sectarian as the family are Catholics.

The 48-year-old lives with her 18-year-old son in the terraced house close to Ballymena town centre.

"I believe the attack is because we are Catholics. But we keep ourselves to ourselves. We haven't done anything and we have not annoyed anyone," she said.

"It has made us very concerned and we may have to consider our future here. My son is in a very bad state about it. The people who did this are just low-lifes picking on a single woman and her young son. If the brick had hit him we could have been talking about attempted murder. I suffer from health problems and this has made me very upset. I hardly slept all night."

The PSNI has appealed for information.

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