We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Shutterstock/Nikoleta Ivanova

'It could have been a very different story': Petrol bomb thrown into Antrim family's home

Three adults and a 12-year-old boy were in the house at the time, but were uninjured.

POLICE IN BALLYMENA are appealing for witnesses after a petrol bomb attack on a house in the Alfred Street Place area of the town earlier Friday.

A petrol bomb was thrown at the property around 3.45am this morning. Three adults and a 12-year-old boy were in the house at the time, but were uninjured.

A window in the house was smashed and scorch damage caused to an exterior wall. It’s understood that extensive damage was done to the kitchen and that gas pipes were also damaged.

North Antrim DUP member Paul Frew condemned the attack, saying “we could have had a very different story”.

“This attack has caused a great deal of shock to the family involved and the wider community of Ballymena.

I know many in the community including myself, cannot understand why this family home has been targeted in this way. This is a close-knit community and one which does not want to have this type of activity taking place in Ballymena.

“I would ask anyone with any information to contact and assist the police.”

Detective Chief Inspector Dunny McCubbin called on anyone who saw anything suspicious in the early hours of the morning to contact detectives at Ballymena on the non-emergency police number 101, quoting reference 147 of 21/4/17.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to provide information without giving your details, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Read: ‘It’s threatening the future of the scheme’: One third of Belfast Bikes stolen or vandalised

Read: Police want to speak to 19-year-old after teenage girl sexually assaulted in Belfast city centre

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.