Disabled OAP slams vandals for car attack

Mr. Diarmuid O'Sullivan pictured outside his Chapel Road home on Wednesday with local politicians, residents, community safety wardens and community police officers. DER3213JM041
Mr. Diarmuid O'Sullivan pictured outside his Chapel Road home on Wednesday with local politicians, residents, community safety wardens and community police officers. DER3213JM041
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A disabled Waterside pensioner has criticised vandals who targeted his car parked outside his home on Chapel Road.

Diarmuid O’Sullivan, who lost a leg three years ago, was one of a number of residents of the street who had his car damaged by vandals last week.

Waterside Sinn Féin councillor Lynn Fleming said it is an ongoing problem in the area.

Mr Sullivan said: “I have had the car attacked several times in the last few years. My car is a lifeline and if it was off the road I wouldn’t be able to get around,” he said.

Another resident who had her car damaged said: “It is just pure vandalism. I dread looking out the window in the morning because I don’t know if the car will be vandalised.”

Colr. Fleming said: “These attacks cause a lot of stress, not to mention the expense to get the damage repaired. I have been in contact with the community safety wardens and the PSNI and have asked them to do a leaflet drop in the area.”

A PSNI spokesperson appealed for information about last week’s incident.