SDLP Councillor’s car attacked outside his home


SDLP Strabane Councillor Patsy Kelly has said that an attack on his car last night will only strengthen his resolve as a public representative.

Cllr Kelly woke yesterday morning to find his car had been attacked and the windscreen smashed.

He said: “If those behind this attack thought that they could intimidate me or prevent me from my carrying out my duties as a public representative, they were mistaken.

“I was elected to represent the people of Strabane. The actions of thugs and bullies will not stop me.

“An attack on any public representative is an attack on democracy. I have been in contact with the police about this matter and would encourage anyone with any information to bring it forward.”

Meanwhile detectives in the town are appealing for witnesses following a petrol bomb attack in the Dublin Road area of Strabane during the early hours of Sunday, April 5

It was reported that at around 4.45am a number of petrol bombs had been thrown at a car parked in the driveway of a house in the area. Damage was caused to the car and to the front of the house as a result. A number of petrol bombs were also thrown at NIFRS crews who attended the call. There were no injuries as a result of the incident.

Detective Inspector David McQuade is appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information to contact CID in Strabane on the non-emergency number 101. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.