Bawnmore community worker targeted by thugs

Seamus Kelly shows the paving slab that was hurled through the front window of his Bawnmore Park home. INNT 31-003-FP
Seamus Kelly shows the paving slab that was hurled through the front window of his Bawnmore Park home. INNT 31-003-FP

POLICE have confirmed that enquiries are continuing into an attack on the home of Bawnmore community worker Seamus Kelly.

A concrete paving slab was hurled through the window of Mr Kelly’s Bawnmore Park home at around 1.30am on Wednesday, July 25.

The Chairman of the Bawnmore Residents’ Association, who was at home with his family at the time of the incident, believes he was targeted for speaking out against attacks on people’s homes in nearby Bawnmore Drive.

Branding those who targeted his home “scumbags”, Mr Kelly said the attack was an attempt to murder him or members of his family.

“I’d only been in bed about five minutes, so I wasn’t sleeping. I’d just put my phone on the side when I heard a massive bang as something smashed through the living room window,” he told the Times.

“If someone had been sitting in the living room when that came through the widow it could have killed them. I’ve no doubt that this was an attempt to murder me or members of my family.”

Mr Kelly and his family were left shaken by the attack, but he says the violent acts of a few mindless individuals will not deter him from carrying out his community work.

“I lived through 40 years of The Troubles and was shot twice, so I won’t be intimidated by these individuals and this attack certainly won’t stop me doing my community work.

“99.9 per cent of people in this area support me and what we are doing in the community group; this was just an individual or a few people - a very small minority who represent nobody.

“There is no room for hoods, gangsters, dissidents or whatever you want to call them in Bawnmore, or anywhere else in Newtownabbey for that matter. This is a quiet, peaceful area, but unfortunately there are just a few individuals who seem intent on anarchy and creating mayhem. But people don’t want that; they just want their quiet community back and to be able to live in peace,” he added.

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