Families are targeted in rural attacks

Damage caused to the car in Richhill.
Damage caused to the car in Richhill.
  • ‘LVF’ sprayed on car and house
  • Four incidents in rural area outside Richhill
  • Calls for PSNI to increase patrols

A widow and her children were among those targeted in overnight attacks which left her car wrecked and homes daubed in vile sectarian graffiti.

The incident was one of four which took place in the early hours of Monday night/Tuesday morning in a quiet rural area outside Richhill.

To have property attacked in this way outside your home is very unnerving

William Irwin

The family, who live on the Kilmacanty Road, awoke to find ‘LVF’ sprayed on their car and house. The car also had its front windscreen and a rear

window smashed.

Meanwhile, two homes on the Kilmore Road had graffiti sprayed on their front door and window respectively. At one of these houses, a hammer and tin of spray paint were taken from a garage.

On the neighbouring Crewcatt Road, a car was sprayed with graffiti, again believed to

read ‘LVF’.

The attacks have been condemned by Newry and Armagh DUP Assemblyman William Irwin who said the motive remained a mystery.

Kilmore SDLP councillor Eamon McNeill urged residents to be vigilant and said he would raise the issue at this week’s Neighbourhood Watch meeting.

Mr Irwin said, “To have property attacked in this way outside your home is very unnerving and worrying and in one of the instances a lady has suffered the loss of her husband in recent years, so this sickening attack only serves to create further distress.”

He called on the PSNI to increase patrols in the wider Richhill area.

Police said they believe the incidents are connected and are asking anyone who noticed any activity in the area or has information to contact them in Armagh

on 101 or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on

0800 555 111.