06 Jul 2022

County Derry resident forced to kick petrol bomb off doorstep

Two males have been arrested following the incident.

County Derry resident forced to kick petrol bomb off doorstep

Laurel Avenue, Coleraine. Pic: Google Maps.

A County Derry resident has been forced to kick a lit petrol bomb away from his door following an incident in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Detectives in Coleraine are appealing for information after a petrol bomb was thrown at a property in the Laurel Avenue area of the town in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday May 25).

"At approximately 12.30am police received a report that a petrol bomb had been thrown at the front door of the property," said a police spokesperson.

"The occupant managed to kick it away however the door was badly damaged during the incident. There were no reports of any injuries, and the item was taken away from the scene for further examination.

"Two males aged 17 and 18 have been arrested and remain in police custody.

"Enquiries are ongoing, and anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area at the time, or have any information that could assist with the investigation,is asked to contact detectives on 101 quoting reference 28 of 25/05/22.
Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at"

East Derry MLA Cara Hunter has appealed for people to bring any information to the attention of the police.

"This was a shocking and reckless attack in the early hours of Wednesday morning in a built-up area of Coleraine that could have had tragic consequences," she said.

"I would appeal to anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area shortly after midnight to come forward to police and assist them with their investigation."

Independent MLA for the area, Claire Sugden, also condemned the attack.

"Any kind of attack like this must be strongly and roundly condemned,” Ms Sugden said.

"Those behind this targeted and cold-blooded attack must be brought to justice. It is simply unacceptable. People have the right to live without the fear of this kind of violence.

"Our communities deserve better than this and I would urge anyone with any information to contact the police on 101, using the reference number 28 of 25/05/22."

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