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Magherafelt pensioner's petrol bomb attack terror

By David Young

A pensioner has told of her terror after her house was damaged in a double petrol bomb attack.

Police said the attack on the bungalow in the Leckagh Walk area of Magherafelt took place at about 10.10pm on New Year's Eve - with only one of the devices igniting.

A window and door of 72-year-old Roberta Wilson's home suffered extensive scorch damage.

"I heard a bang and I went out. All I saw was the flames up the back window. It was pitch black. I started panicking," she said. "I opened the door and the thing fell on the ground and went out."

Although not physically injured, Mrs Wilson was left shocked and upset.

It's not the first time the pensioner, who has lived in the bungalow for six years, has been targeted by criminals.

Her car has been attacked several times, including an incident shortly before Christmas when windows were smashed.

She said she had no idea why her property was being attacked - but says she intends to stay.

She said: "I don't know why they are doing it on me. Why should I move for them, let them put me out of my own home?"

Magherafelt DUP councillor Elizabeth Forde said the pensioner was "devastated".

"The woman last night, when I went to see, her was hysterical.

"We don't know why this has taken place but we have left it with the police to do a full investigation."

Mid Ulster DUP MLA Ian McCrea condemned those responsible after he visited Mrs Wilson.

He said: "The thugs responsible for this disgusting attack have nothing to offer our society."

He said he was also concerned about the DRD policy of turning off street lights to the rear of houses in the estate.

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