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Couple 'shocked and devastated' after vandals target home

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Couple 'shocked and devastated' after vandals target home thumbnailThe damage that was caused to a house in the Waterside Street area of Strabane on Saturday morning after vandals threw a brick through the kitchen window.

A COUPLE from the Waterside Street area of Strabane have been left 'shocked and devastated' after their home came under attack by vandals.

The local man and his wife, who do not wish to be named, were awoken suddenly by a loud bang at approximately 6am on Saturday morning and when they went to investigate, they discovered that a large brick had been thrown through their kitchen window.

The couple, who have been living in the area for the past seven years, say that they have never experienced anything like this before and are utterly bewildered as to why this incident has occurred.

“I think it was random because my wife and I wouldn't hold grudges against anyone, we just do our work and get on with it," the homeowner told this newspaper.

"We heard a loud bang and when we would've heard bangs before something might have fallen in the bathroom or somewhere and that's what we thought.

“But my wife went down the stairs and saw the brick in the kitchen and she started screaming. I just couldn't believe it. It's not something you would expect. We're shocked and devastated.

“I don't know why they did it. Because it was so early in the morning, maybe it was somebody drunk doing it for no reason. I don't think it was someone trying to break in because they scarpered so quickly, there was no one there when we got down to the kitchen."

Although those responsible fled the scene abruptly, the homeowner believes they gained access to the property through the back gate.

“They opened the gate and came in because with the size of the brick, I don't think they could've thrown it over the fence. It was a really big brick.

“The glass was everywhere. My wife was cleaning up for ages. I would just love to know who did it or why they did it. If it wasn't random, if someone is targeting us, I would love to know why.

“Something like this really makes you think because whenever you're sleeping and you hear any noise, it's the first thing that comes into your head.

“If it happened again, I would install CCTV but I don't want to go down that road. We like living here, it's a good area."

Sinn Fein councillor Brian McMahon, who went to visit the couple on Saturday afternoon, has condemned the incident.

In a statement, Mr McMahon said: "They are very upset and bewildered as to why this has happened. They said the bang was so loud that they thought the ceiling had come down in the kitchen and they went down and saw glass strewn everywhere.

“Whoever is responsible came through the back gate with a fairly sizeable brick and smashed the glass.

“Whatever the issue is, this incident has left them totally bewildered and scared. It has to be utterly condemned because it is a blatant attempt at intimidation."

Elsewhere, SDLP MLA and Westminster candidate Daniel McCrossan said: "This is a cowardly act which has happened at 6am when there wouldn't be many people around. It was clearly planned and it has not only left the residents concerned but also residents in the surrounding houses. I would urge anyone with any information to contact the PSNI so that these events can be prevented and to send a message to the vandals that this will not be tolerated."

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