‘Thuggish’ attack on Strabane OAPs

Sinn Fein West Tyrone MP MLA Pat Doherty has described an attack on the home of a pensioner couple in Townsend Street in Strabane on Sunday night as thuggish and cowardly.

He said: “In what was a frenzied attack, a group of up to five people wielding iron bars and other assorted weapons smashed the front door and windows of their home. They also made an attempt to gain entrance to the home, but were thankfully thwarted. When the male occupant of the house went in pursuit of the attackers he was also physically assaulted by the group after he slipped and fell on the icy pavement outside his home.”

The MP appealed for witnesses to the attack to pass on the information so those responsible could be made amenable.