Belfast Telegraph

Man's lucky escape after latest petrol bombing in town

By Colin O'Carroll

A man has escaped injury after a petrol bomb was thrown at his home.

It caused minor scorch damage to a rear window of the house in Banbridge, Co Down.

The occupant had only recently moved to the house at Golf Terrace when the attack happened at 7.30pm on Saturday.

Ulster Unionist MLA Jo-Anne Dobson said: "Banbridge has witnessed far too many of these petrol bomb attacks in recent weeks and months and just days into a new year we could so easily be dealing with loss of life today.

"Yet again a house in a quiet residential area of the town has been targeted and those responsible have given no thought what so ever to the potential loss of life which could have resulted from their cowardly actions.

"The people of Banbridge don't want these attacks in their town and I appeal directly to those responsible for these petrol bombings to stop immediately.

"I also urge anyone who may have information which could help the police with their investigations into this latest attack to contact the PSNI."

Sinn Fein's John O'Dowd said it was a worrying development after a series of attacks in Banbridge. "There is growing concern in the community that there is a level of co-ordination behind these attacks," he said.

"Those behind them don't care that they seriously injure or kill the intended target or someone in the vicinity."

DUP councillor Carla Lockhart said: "The DUP will be working closely with the PSNI to tackle what would appear to be an upsurge in criminality in the Banbridge area.

"This is a very worrying turn of events in the Banbridge area.

"I have arranged a meeting with the PSNI to discuss this spate of attacks and to try and assist were possible."

Party colleague councillor Paul Greenfield said: "Residents are shocked and in fear following this attack. It is distressing to think what the outcome of such a serious attack could have been.

"This type of activity does nothing for our town and the good people of Banbridge."

The police said they are still working to establish a motive and have appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

In a separate incident, police in Portadown are investigating the burning of a car in a laneway near the town on Saturday night.

The vehicle was destroyed.

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