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'Total chaos' as man goes on wrecking spree

Thursday, 5 October 2017

A CASTLEDERG home owner has described the terror experienced by a number of local families after a man went on a wrecking spree with a sledgehammer on Friday morning.

The man, who was detained in the vicinity by police, attacked up to five properties in the town's Dergvale. It is reported that doors, windows and a number of cars were significantly damaged within the housing development.

It is understood the attacks lasted up to 20 minutes and that the 33-year-old detained by the PSNI has a history of mental health problems.

One resident, who did wish to be named, described the moment he rushed home from his morning commute after receiving a hysterical call from his teenage daughter.

"It was total, total chaos. My front door was smashed, my daughter had her car windows put in and another neighbour had windows smashed and a car damaged. It was a complete and utter wrecking spree. It was very frightening for her," he added.

It is understood that an armed response unit formed part of the PSNI's detachment to the incident.

However, witnesses described how the man immediately surrendered to police and asked for help.

In a statement, the PSNI said: "Police received reports of criminal damage to property and vehicles in the Dergvale area of Castlederg shortly before 8am on Friday morning. Police attended the scene and a 33-year-old man was arrested.

Enquiries are ongoing.

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