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Yobs stone vehicle of SDLP Assembly candidate

By Anne Madden

An outgoing SDLP MLA was attacked yesterday as she drove to a community group meeting to help the elderly.

Dolores Kelly was at the Bells Row crossing in the Kilwilkie estate in Lurgan when two rocks were thrown at her car, cracking the windscreen.

The MLA sustained a minor injury to her hand from a splinter of glass and was left very shaken.

Police said they had received a report of the incident at about 6pm yesterday after a gang of youths were seen attacking the car. Ms Kelly said she believed she had been deliberately targeted by a small number of thugs.

She said: “They know me and my car very well, as I would be in the area a lot.

“I was on my way to Newcastle to the Loughshore Care Partnership, which provides day care for older people in rural areas.

“We have submitted a funding bid to extend the services and I was meeting to discuss this tonight.”

Ms Kelly, who is a candidate for Upper Bann, said she would stand strong against violence and intimidation despite the attack.

“The SDLP has a lot of support in the Kilwilkie estate and there are lots of good people who live there, so this will not stop me going into the area,” she said.

On Thursday night an SDLP election worker's car was attacked with a petrol bomb in Coagh, Co Tyrone.

Two 17-year-olds have been arrested in connection with that incident.

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