DUP councillor attacked 'for 40th time'

Published Sunday, 24 August 2014
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The DUP has said its Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough Council representative Samuel Brush is the victim of a "sectarian campaign of hatred" after the latest attack on the councillor.

DUP councillor attacked 'for 40th time'
Councillor Brush's car was attacked last Sunday. (© Pacemaker)

It is thought the DUP representative, who was shot in an IRA gun attack in Aughnacloy, Co Tyrone, in 1981, has been targeted 40 times.

Sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning, it is believed a large heavy plant type vehicle was used to push Councillor Brush's car down Main Street in Ballygawley causing it to crash into another vehicle.

The DUP has said it is the 40th attack on its member and comes exactly one week after a previous incident when damage was caused to his vehicle.

Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA Lord Morrow has condemned the continuing attacks.

He said: "This is the latest step in the sectarian campaign of hatred which required pre-planning and heavy machinery which could not have gone unnoticed.

"If those responsible are upping their campaign - which this clearly demonstrates - it's time PSNI and public representatives do likewise.

"This was a clear indication of the efforts of thug-elements to forcefully drive Councillor Brush out of his community.

"It will not succeed."

"No doubt the law-abiding citizens of Ballygawley will be asking how this brutal campaign of blatant hatred can thrive in their area."

Police have appealed for information.

© UTV News
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19 Comments
Neil in Co Londonderry wrote (93 days ago):
The reality of the so called "Ireland of equals" and "shared future" more like scared future!
Colin in South Down wrote (94 days ago):
There is no difference in this and spraying intimidating graffiti on the walls of an immigrant or destroying their property. Both crimes are a result of hatred for the person. In addition, in this case, attacks on democratically elected officials demonstrates a lack of respect for the democratic process and conducted by fascists.
Adrian in Coleraine wrote (94 days ago):
There was no pleasing some ppl when it was the ruc and its seems to be same type of ppl slating the psni ! Were bored of it , get off yer chair and join the brave men and women of the police and do something about it !
RIC in Tyrone wrote (94 days ago):
This crime took place in the early hours,as did the last attack on Mr Brush. Where are the PSNI in the early hours?.
Paddy in Larne wrote (94 days ago):
Woodvale ron all good things come to those who wait. Not lol
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