Elderly couple’s house petrol bombed

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A petrol bomb has been thrown at the home of an elderly couple in Derry.

A PSNI spokeswoman says the attack took place at the couple’s home on Bishop Street last night (Feb20).

“At around 9pm, a petrol bomb was thrown which struck a property and set guttering on fire. Fire crews attended the scene and minor damage was caused. No one was injured in the incident,” she said.

SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan condemned those responsible.

Mr Durkan said: “It is a disgrace that this elderly couple and their neighbours were put through such distress and disruption.

“Those responsible were out to cause damage and their contemptible actions only show they have an utter disregard for the many people who live nearby.

“No-one, especially elderly citizens, should be subjected to such anxiety and strain.”

Sinn Fein councillor Patricia Logue also condemend the attack.

“What happened in Bishop Street tonight can only be described as an act of madness. A petrol bomb was thrown blindly from the car park in Corporation Street over the roofs of houses that face onto Bishop Street.

“The petrol bomb smashed into the roof of the home of an elderly couple who were left badly shaken by the incident.

“Whoever threw this device had no regard for residents, pedestrians, motorists or indeed anyone in the vicinity at the time. They have only succeeded in terrorising their own community,” she said.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to contact Police at Strand Road on 0845 600 8000 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.