People just want to live in peace, says community worker

Damage has been caused to several new houses in Bawnmore Drive during recent incidents, including a petrol bomb attack at this property on Friday, July 20.
Damage has been caused to several new houses in Bawnmore Drive during recent incidents, including a petrol bomb attack at this property on Friday, July 20.

POLITICAL and community representatives have condemned a petrol bomb attack at the new social housing development in Bawnmore.

At around 3.25am on Friday (July 20) it was reported that a petrol bomb had been thrown at the front of a house in Bawnmore Drive. The device smashed a front door window and caused smoke damage to the property.

It’s understood no-one was in the property at the time, and police are still trying to establish a motive for the attack.

Seamus Kelly of the Bawnmore Residents’ Association said the attack had angered the local community.

“This new development has been a great addition to our community, with people from all walks of life moving in.

“Everyone is very happy with the homes and we all just want to settle down and live in peace. Nobody wants trouble anymore and the community is just devastated with this latest incident,” he commented.

Condemning the attack, councillor Billy Webb said the incident had occurred following “a local dispute.”

“Thankfully nobody was injured, but this paints a very bad image of this new housing area. I spent a considerable amount of time supporting the developer with his planning application for this much needed local housing and I am disappointed there has been an incident such as this. I would appeal for people to resolve whatever issues they may have in a more civilised way,” the Alliance Party representative said.

DUP councillor Thomas Hogg added: “This new development is home to many young families with children and I know that local people are anxious and concerned following the incident. This sort of criminal and violent behaviour does nothing to enhance the reputation of the area.

“I have been liaising with the neighbourhood PSNI team who have assured me that they will be stepping up patrols in the area. It is vital that those responsible for this attack are taken off our streets.”

Investigating officers have appealed for anyone with information about the incident to contact them at Newtownabbey Station on 0845 600 8000, or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.