Belfast Telegraph

Attacks on Belfast single mums' homes 'repulsive'

By Gillian Halliday

Two single mothers forced to flee their north Belfast homes have been left "badly shaken by the ordeal".

It happened just days before another property was targeted in what is believed to be a series of linked attacks.

Progressive Unionist Councillor Julie-Anne Corr-Johnston last night condemned the attacks on the homes in Ballysillan Avenue as "repulsive and reprehensible" as she learned of a third property being targeted in the same street on Wednesday.

Initially two homes were targeted in the area overnight on Saturday, with windows at both properties broken and a vehicle deliberately set alight.

The details of the attacks came to light as the latest incident, which took place at a property believed to be occupied by a family, was targeted in an "similar nature" overnight on Tuesday, according to Councillor Corr-Johnston.

Meanwhile, the occupants of both properties - including a seven-month-old baby - remain in emergency accommodation.

"They are very badly shaken. We have two young children involved who are unable to sleep. This has been a considerable upheaval for them," she said.

The PUP representative, who said she needed a police escort in order to collect belongings on behalf of the families, said the latest attack is one of six that have occurred locally over the past 18 months.

"It's both repulsive and reprehensible," she said.

"The perpetrators I believe are local, I believe they have an agenda and I believe there are people with information that could assist PSNI with their enquiries. And I appeal to them to do so."

A motive behind the attacks is not yet known, however, the PSNI said its enquiries are ongoing, and appealed for information.

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