Mother defiant after petrol bomb attack

Published Wednesday, 14 May 2014
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The mother of a six-year-old girl has said she won't be forced out of her west Belfast home after they were targeted in a petrol bomb attack.

Two devices were thrown at the Westrock Park home just before 1am on Tuesday.

Angela Wheelan said she was in bed at the time and was woken by the sound of the bombs exploding against her wall and her first thought was for her daughter.

She told UTV: "I looked out the window and I thought the whole house was on fire. So I grabbed Theresa and ran out the house for the neighbours to call for help.

"It was really scary, I just thought about Theresa and getting her out of the house."

The quick-thinking neighbours of the 42-year-old helped put out the fire and prevent substantial damage to the property.

Angela and her daughter were unharmed in the incident; however, she had to receive treatment from the ambulance service after she passed out at the scene.

She said her windows have been broken in the past, but there had never been an attack on this scale before.

"I will not be forced out," Angela added, "I have lived here all my life and just thought why should I be forced out?

"But it is scary, it is hard to sleep at night because you just think about what they will do next - they could kill us.

"Those responsible (...) didn't even consider my daughter was in the house.

"They need to hand themselves into police and explain why they are doing this."

Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact investigating officer on the non-emergency number 101.

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sally phillips in belfast wrote (162 days ago):
this is my sister and my god daughter i lived in the house till i moved out this is my parents house and they were well respected in the erea i cant understand why these attacks are happening im glad my sister and god-daughter are safe and well i hope the police catch those who have done this...
bridgetbenson whelan in england wrote (162 days ago):
our poor niece and her little girl were are all the good doers now she needs help to see whos doing this she lost her sister at xmas and is still heart broken some one help her pleasexxxxxxxx
Karen in East Belfast wrote (162 days ago):
Glad mum and daughter are both ok. A needless attack. I hope those responsible are caught and held accountable.
laffin in belfast !! wrote (163 days ago):
wonder what the idiots who where spouting rubbish last week that east belfast is bad blah blah blah will have to say about this horrendous attack in WEST BELFAST !! at least the mother and baby where not hurt !
minds decay in hate wrote (163 days ago):
How can anyone allow themselves to be so misguided as to do such a thing?Are we really living in a society that has individuals who no longer think for themselves or consider the consequences of their actions and use ignorance to justify what they do?
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