Mother defiant after petrol bomb attack

Mother defiant after petrol bomb attack

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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