Family ordered out 'will not leave'

Published Friday, 25 July 2014
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A mother of four has told UTV she will not leave her home in Newry after a gang of men ordered her out and threatened to kill her.

Maura Horbash was at home with her children, the youngest aged just six weeks old, when the crowd arrived at their door on Thursday evening and told them they had 24 hours to get out.

"It was at 6pm and about eight men came to the house," she said.

"The man was shouting at me and he told me if I don't move in 24 hours he would come and set fire to my house. It was very scary last night."

Maura's mother Stella was also at the house in Pound Street at the time.

She said: "It was very frightening. I didn't sleep all night and the children were crying all night."

Police are treating the attack on the young Romanian family as a race hate crime.

Newry and Mourne Sinn Féin councillor Valerie Harte described the incident as "abhorrent".

She added: "Any attack on a family home is to be condemned outright."

Anyone with further information has been asked to contact the PSNI.

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22 Comments
Mark McCoy in The OFT! wrote (146 days ago):
Disgusting. What is wrong with these people, besides their own Ignorance and Paranoia.
seanie in dungannon wrote (147 days ago):
This is getting hard to believe ... Fair play to that family for staying... The ball is now in the PSNIs court
jimmy in Derry wrote (147 days ago):
Shocking behaviour . sentencing for this type of crime needs readdress, Politicians need to focus on building more houses which would not only help prevent this type of attack but create much needed jobs .
amy in craigvon wrote (147 days ago):
wish the scumbags who did this.would get out and stay out.what harm were these people doing.
Marty in Singapore wrote (147 days ago):
What a disgrace! The millions of Irish who left home for a better life in far of lands. We should be the last nation on earth where this BS happens! How many of these thugs have family abroad! This lady and her family should be relocated to a much better area at the full expense of the state.
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