A FOUR-MONTH baby girl was one of three young children in a house which was attacked in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The Romanian family living at the house in Craigwell Avenue, Portadown, were left "frightened and confused" after part of a concrete slab was thrown through their living room window and front door between 5am and 6am.
It is the second time in under a month that a house along the row has been targeted. At the end of October, a window was smashed in a house occupied by a family from East Timor, again with young children present at the time.
The landlord of both properties, who does not wish to be named, said he was disgusted at the attacks, and called for police to clamp down on the culprits.
"It's unacceptable that this should be happening and I won't tolerate it. People need protection and the police should be doing more. There needs to be more officers on patrol, They need to put a stop to this now," he said.
In the weekend attack, a mother and her three children, aged four, five and four months, and her brother-in-law were at home when the attackers struck. It is believed that they also broke the side window of a car belonging to a Polish couple as they made their escape.
The landlord said, "The family are really, really upset by it and very frightened. They don't understand it either. At first, they thought it was something to do with the trouble in Belfast regarding Romanians several months ago.
"Thank goodness nobody was hurt but the worry is that somebody will be in the future. It's up to community representatives as well to speak to one another about these issues."
The houses at Craigwell Avenue have been a target previously, as they are situated on an interface area between Corcrain and Obins Street, and the landlord fears that these recent ones may have a sectarian motive.
In last month's incident, a mother and her four young boys, aged from 2-10 years old, were left terrified after an attack on their home. Said the landlord, "The father was at work in Moy Park when the living room window was smashed around 3.30 in the morning. It was a very frightening experience for them."
He added, "A taxi driver, who was passing at the time, said he saw four youths running off. This was reported to the police who said they would be back in contact with me three days later. That was four weeks ago and I haven't heard a word since."
Yvonne Sterritt, an independent member of Craigavon District Policing Partnership (DPP), said, "People are finding it hard enough to survive at the moment, with money problems and everything else, without this kind of incident.
"This was a very young family and they are badly shaken up. I would urge community people to do all they can and ask parents to make sure they know where their children are."
A police spokesman confirmed that investigations are ongoing into both incidents.
Inspector Phil Shepherd said,"Police take all reports of crime seriously and are committed to conducting full and robust investigations. Officers will carry out all appropriate enquiries. However, factual evidence is required before anyone can be held amenable for a crime. As we have stated before, information and the support of the local community is invaluable in all our investigative enquiries.