Community worker refuses to bow to intimidation

Phil Hamilton.
Phil Hamilton.
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RATHCOOLE community worker Phil Hamilton has vowed to continue his work within the estate, despite a hoax pipe bomb being left outside his Mournebeg Drive home on Sunday morning (February 26).

Mr Hamilton, who is actively involved with the Community Support and Development Partnership and Rathcoole Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership, had just returned home from an event in Cavan involving Rathcoole Friends of the Somme when he discovered the device, which had been left on the front of his car.

Around 60 people were evacuated from their homes as a result of the security alert, which began shortly after 11.30am.

Police cordoned off the street and Army bomb squad experts were called in to examine the suspicious object, which was declared a hoax a few hours later.

“I’m just glad it wasn’t a viable device as there were kids playing around the car about half an hour before I came out and found it. I dread to think what would’ve happened if this had been a viable device and a child had lifted it,” Mr Hamilton told the Times.

The Progressive Unionist Party representative says he has no idea who was behind the bomb hoax, but stressed it was just the latest in a series of attempts to intimidate him.

Read the full story in this week’s Times...