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Condemnation of petrol bomb attack at home of ‘vulnerable young man’

Detectives are appealing for witnesses and information following an arson attack on a house in the Dromore Street area of Banbridge in the early hours of this morning (Sunday).

Detective Constable Flanigan said: “At approximately 5.30am this morning, police received a report that a petrol bomb had been thrown at the window of a house.

“Fortunately it missed and ignited outside the property.

“This is the home of a vulnerable young man, who is extremely lucky not to have been injured.

“If this petrol bomb had gone through the window we could be reporting on a very tragic incident this morning. Whoever carried out this wanton act had total disregard for the life of the young man who lives at this address.

“I would appeal to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity at all in the area to contact Detectives at Lurgan on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 354 18/02/18.

“I am also keen to speak to the driver of a dark coloured car that was seen in the area, as they may have information that would help with our enquiries.

“Alternatively, information can also be reported to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

UUP councillor Glenn Barr said: “Absolutely shocked and disgusted to learn of a petrol bomb attack last night in Banbridge.

“Thoughts are with the victims this morning.

“Please if you have any information forward to PSNI on 101 or crime stoppers 0800 555 111 or indeed through myself.

“We do not want this in Banbridge.”

Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd echoed those sentiments, condemning the petrol bomb attack on the home of a vulnerable young man.

Mr O’Dowd said: “This attack on a vulnerable young man has to be condemned. The perpetrators could have killed this young man and others.

“I would appeal to anyone with information to bring it forward to the PSNI immediately.”

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