Fresh attack on Derry family

BROKEN WINDOWS. . . .Annette McCool and Ciaron McCloskey pictured surveying the damage caused to their Liscloon Drive home when their front windows were smashed with bricks and a chisel over the weekend. DER2615MC015

BROKEN WINDOWS. . . .Annette McCool and Ciaron McCloskey pictured surveying the damage caused to their Liscloon Drive home when their front windows were smashed with bricks and a chisel over the weekend. DER2615MC015

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A Derry couple have spoken of their horror after their seven-year-old daughter’s bedroom window was smashed just hours after they spoke publicly about a year-long campaign of hate.

Cairon McCloskey and Annette McCool said the latest attack happened at around 3.30am today, with the girl’s bedroom window hit just six inches from where her pillow.

Police have confirmed that one man aged 20 was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage following an incident at Liscloon Drive this morning.

He was today being questioned by police in at Strand Road PSNI Station.

The latest attack on the couple’s home came just hours after they told the Journal how they had to move their young daughter into their own bedroom because of fears for her safety following a year-long camapign of intimidation.

Speaking about the latest incident, Ciaron said both he and Annette, fearing a repeat attack had stayed up late last night and were in the living room when the gang arrived.

“They tried to put the front windows through again and actually put the kid’s window through,” he said.

“I have been up all night. As soon as I get through to the Housing Executive we will be leaving here. It’s a case of we are going and that’s it. We can’t sit back and wat.”

The couple had already informed housing authorities that they needed to leave their homes because they no longer felt safe after repeated attacks to their property and attempts to initimadate them.

Cairon said when he ran out the front door following the latest attack at 3.30am this morning, he witnessed the gang scattering in dofferent directions.

Ciaron said because there was a board on one of the living room windows smashed in a previous attack at the weekend, he could hear what sounded like someone giving directions to the others outside their home this morning.

“If my daughter had been in that room her pillow would have six inches from where they hit the window”, Ciaron said.

A PSNI spokesman meanwhile confirmed today: “A 20-year-old man arrested on suspicion of criminal damage at Liscloon Drive in the early hours of this morning remains in custody at Strand Road police station.”