Belfast Telegraph

Support for Sinn Fein councillor Campbell after arson attack

By Leona O’Neill

A Sinn Fein councillor and former Mayor of Londonderry has vowed that those who torched his car at his home will not stop him doing his job.

Councillor Kevin Campbell said his teenage daughter Grainne woke to a commotion outside the family’s property at Lislane Drive in Creggan at 2.45am yesterday and looked out to see their car ablaze.

Mr Campbell attempted to extinguish the flames which had engulfed his Renault Modus, but was pushed back by the ferocity of the blaze and called the Fire and Rescue Service.

Last night several hundred people joined a vigil outside the Campbell home in a show of support for the family.

“This will not deter me, absolutely not,” Mr Campbell said. “This is not the first time my house has been attacked. Seven years ago someone threw paint all over my home and car. That didn’t deter me. This attack on Sunday will certainly not deter me nor my family.

“This is my family home, we will not be moving for anybody. I have been living in this house over 60 years. I’m going nowhere. The only time I’ll be going out of here is in a box. It’s as simple as that. No criminal attack will deter me.”

Members of the SDLP, including Councillor Brian Tierney who had his car burnt out last November, joined the vigil outside Mr Campbell’s home. SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said his party stood with Mr Campbell and his family.

Police urged anyone with information to contact them.

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