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Councillor's car targeted

By Dave Whelan

A Castlereagh councillor has been forced to increase security at his home after his vehicle was targeted in a vandalism attack.

Tommy Sandford, a member of the Castlereagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership, said that he would once again have to start checking underneath his car and install CCTV cameras at his family home following the attack.

Police have launched an investigation after PVC glue and nail varnish were thrown on the DUP councillor's car in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Mr Sandford said that he only noticed the attack after he returned from an early morning walk with his dog but that it had left his wife "distressed".

"These people are not going to stop me from doing my work," he said.

"We are moving forward and we don't want to go back to those times but with my role on the PCSP I'm going to have to start checking underneath my car in the mornings and will be looking into getting a camera up around the house.

"They are silly little people attempting to interrupt the constructive and community work I do in and around the Castlereagh.

"I want to thank the community and the Cregagh Community Association for their support and help."

At a meeting of Castlereagh Borough Council on Thursday (October 24) leader of the DUP group Jimmy Spratt condemned the attack, along with all of the other group party leaders.

Alliance councillor Carole Howard said that the party had condemed the attack and have offered their support to Mr Sandford and his wife.

"We absolutely condemn attacks on councillors from any party. We also acknowledge the hard work Tommy Sanford puts in to his local community. We do not know as yet who is responsible for this attack nor the reasons for it but it is unacceptable and we hope that the culprits are brought to justice. Anyone with information on the attack should pass it on to the PSNI immediately," she said.

Councillor Sandford was deputy mayor of Castlereagh last year.

Originally a senior member of the PUP, he quit that party three years ago following an upsurge in UVF activity, including the murder of Bobby Moffett.

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