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SDLP's Patsy Kelly defiant after weekend attack on car

By Staff Reporter

Published 06/04/2015

An SDLP councillor's car and fire crews have been targeted by vandals and petrol bombers in the same town over the weekend.

In the first incident, Strabane representative Patsy Kelly woke to find his car had been attacked and the windscreen smashed.

Police received a report that a bottle was thrown at a car parked in Melmount Gardens, which damaged the windscreen.

A defiant Mr Kelly said: "I was elected to represent the people of Strabane. The actions of thugs and bullies will not stop me," he said.

"An attack on any public representative is an attack on democracy. I have been in contact with the police about this matter and would encourage anyone with any information to bring it forward."

Detectives are also appealing for witnesses after a petrol bomb attack in the Dublin Road area of the Co Tyrone town early yesterday.

At around 4.45am, petrol bombs were thrown at a car parked in the driveway of a house in the area. Damage was caused to the car and the front of the house.

Petrol bombs were also thrown at Fire and Rescue Service crews who attended the call. There were no injuries.

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