Recent petrol bomb attacks seperate incidents - PSNI

Credit - Kevin Scott / Presseye''Banbridge, UK - January 03 , Pictured is the scene of a petrol bomb attack in the Golf Terrace area of Banbridge in Co Down, January 03, 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Credit - Kevin Scott / Presseye''Banbridge, UK - January 03 , Pictured is the scene of a petrol bomb attack in the Golf Terrace area of Banbridge in Co Down, January 03, 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Banbridge detectives have said the recent spate of petrol bomb incidents in the town are being treated as ‘seperate and distinct investigations’.

A petrol bomb was hurled at a bathroom window of a house in Golf Terrace on Saturday night resulting in minor scorch damage.

The male occupant, who had only recently moved into the house, was not injured.

Condemning the incident local UUP MLA Jo-Anne Dobson said: “Banbridge has witnessed far too many of these petrol bomb attacks in recent weeks and months and just days into a New Year we could so easily be dealing with loss of life.

“Yet again a house in a quiet residential area of the town has been targeted and those responsible have given no thought what so ever to the potential loss of life which could so easily have resulted from their cowardly actions.”

Appealing for those responsible to immediately stop, Mrs Dobson continued: “The people of Banbridge don’t want these attacks in their town.”

DUP MLA Sydney Anderson spoke to residents in the area and said: “they are totally disgusted and seriously concerned about what has taken place.”

“This latest incident follows on from a number of similar attacks in the Banbridge area in the last few weeks.

“I recently met with the police to raise my serious concerns about the changes to policing structures in the area with no patrol officers now being based in Banbridge.”

MLA John O’Dowd said: “This latest petrol bomb attack brings to five the number of firebomb attacks on family homes in Banbridge within the last couple of months.

“The community are very concerned that these attacks will lead to serious injury or death.

“There is clearly a level of coordination and organisation behind this onslaught and those responsible need to be brought to justice before they kill or seriously maim.

Councillor Carla Lockhart expressed concern over ‘a very worrying turn of events in the Banbridge area’.

“Just a few weeks ago I also condemned such an attack and it is alarming to think that another has happened again in a quiet, residential area,” she said.

Councillor Paul Greenfield spoke of the shock and fear felt by residents after the attack.

“This type of activity does nothing for our town and the good people of Banbridge,” he added.

A PSNI spokesman added: “The motive in each case is subject to investigation.”

Detective Constable Colin Robinson is appealing for anyone with any information to contact Detectives in Lurgan on the non-emergency number 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.