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Two teenage boys injured in 'extremely reckless' Craigavon petrol bomb attack

By Claire Williamson

Two teenage boys have been injured after a petrol bomb was thrown through the window of their house in Craigavon, it's understood.

Detectives in Lurgan area appealing for information after the attack in the Lakelands area on Thursday.

Police said that shortly before 11.30pm a petrol bomb was thrown through the front window of the house.

A group of up to four youths was seen running from the scene.

It's understood the two teenagers were aged 13 and 15 and were watching TV when the incident happened.

UUP MLA Doug Beattie told the Belfast Telegraph that it was a "callous attempt to cause serious injury".

He said the windows were smashed and the petrol bomb was put through the window which caught fire.

The two teens suffered burns as a result as have since received hospital treatment.

Mr Beattie said: "There was intent there and that was to cause serious property damage and injury.

"They were watching TV when it was put through the window.  I commend the fire service for dealing with it in such a speedy fashion.

"It doesn't take away from the intent of the individual, which is nothing more than a callous attempt to cause serious injury and police need to look at this with a critical eye."

He added: "People need to really think about what they want for this society and bring any information to the police.

"Also the parents of young teenagers they need to always know where they are and be sure they aren't being led to do acts which can have catastrophic consequences."

DUP MP David Simpson called for the youths who were seen running from the scene to identify themselves to the PSNI.

Mr Simpson said: “This was a reckless attack on a residential property where a young male has been injured` and someone’s home extensively damaged. It is only through good fortune that the police are not required to open a murder investigation today.

"There can be no place for those who engage in such attacks and it is vital the police are given all necessary assistance to ensure those responsible are brought before the courts.

"I am particularly concerned of reports that a small group of youths have been witnessed running from the scene and would encourage those youths to identify themselves to the PSNI if to only to be eliminated from the inquiry.”

Detective Inspector Stephen Harvey said: "This was an extremely reckless attack and it is fortunate that the injuries were not considerably worse. I would appeal to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area or anyone who has information about this incident to contact Detectives at Lurgan on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1249 23/03/17.

"Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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