Family consider leaving home after sectarian attack

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A family living in the Triangle area of the Waterside have said they would consider leaving their home if sectarian attacks continued.

The eldest son in the house was followed home in the early hours of Tuesday morning by a group of up to 12 young people, throwing stones, bottles and shouting sectarian abuse.

His mother, who did not want to be named said, “It was terrifying, and he’s really shaken up. He doesn’t want to leave the house now. We’ve lived in this area for 12 years and I love it here. But we would move if the attacks continued.

“They threw a stone through one bedroom window, into a room where my 3-years-old was sleeping, It’s a miracle he wasn’t hurt.”

The attack has been condemned by SDLP Waterside Councillor Gerard Diver. He said, “Regrettably, despite the progress that has been made over recent years, serious acts of violent sectarianism still occur. This family has had to suffer a disgraceful and terrifying attack. As a community we should be extremely concerned about hate crimes such as this, and do everything in our power to prevent them.”

Police have said: “We would like to hear from witnesses who were in vicinity of Dungiven Road, Glendermott Road, Bentley Terrace or Meehan Terrace at approximately 12.30pm to 1am and who can help identify those involved in this incident.” Information can be given on the police non-emergency number, 101, or by calling the Crimestoppers Charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.