Community incensed as ‘good name of the Ballycolman tarnished’ - Strabane councillor

Strabane Sinn Fein Councillor Brian McMahon, a former chairman of the District Council.
Strabane Sinn Fein Councillor Brian McMahon, a former chairman of the District Council.

Residents living in one of Strabane’s best known estates are incensed that their good name has been tarnished by thugs who attacked police in the area last night, a local councillor has said.

Sinn Fein Councillor Brian Mc Mahon hit out angrily this morning after “mindless” youths pelted PSNI vehicles with missiles when they responded to a sudden death in Ballycolman Estate on Monday evening.

Police Land Rovers were attacked with stones and other objects outside the home of an elderly man who had died unexpectedly.

Councillor Mahon, a former Chairman of Strabane District Council, extended his sympathy to the family of the deceased.

“It is gut-wrenching that their grief has been intruded upon and added to by the thoughtless actions of a small number of young people who took it upon themselves to attack the vehicles of the police personnel who were attending the scene of the deceased’s sudden death as they have a duty to do.”

Councillor McMahon continued: “Last week, I highlighted an incident in which a moving gritter lorry was attacked and an attempt was made to pull open one of its doors and yesterday’s terrible incident is a reflection of the fact that for a small minority of young people everything is fair game, regardless of the target or consequences.

“Most young people in the area would never dream of doing anything like this and it is sickening that the good name of the Ballycolman is being tarnished by the mindless actions of the few.

“People in the Ballycolman are incensed by what has happened and as a close knit and solidly good community, will rally around the deceased’s family at this sad time.”