Shots fired at SDLP councillor's home

Published Sunday, 06 January 2013
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Shots have been fired at the Belfast home of SDLP councillor Claire Hanna.

Shots fired at SDLP councillor's home
Cllr Claire Hanna, pictured at the damaged window of her family home. (© SDLP)

It is understood the shots were fired from a high powered ball bearing gun.

A statement released by the party on Sunday said the front windows and door of the councillor's house were struck seven times.

The incident is believed to have happened sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning.

The councillor, her husband and baby daughter were not at home at the time.

Ms Hanna, the Chair of the East Belfast Policing and Community Safety Partnership, said the attack disgusted her and showed utter contempt for her young family.

"It's a violation of our security," she told UTV.

"My husband and I have a young daughter and obviously, her safety and security is our principle concern in life and this incident has very much shaken us."

The last number of weeks have been disturbing for those of us who aspire to a genuinely shared future, and to the principle that all here can be British, Irish or both as they so choose.

Claire Hanna

Ms Hanna said she would not be intimidated by what she described as fascist elements with no respect for democracy.

"This attack won't stop me working to promote core SDLP values of partnership, equality and mutual respect."

South Belfast Alliance MLA Anna Lo said there was "no justification" for attacking the home of a hard working elected representative.

"How many more attacks on elected representatives, their staff and the PSNI will we have to suffer until Unionist politicians realise that the illegal protests they are continuing to attend are doing nothing but increasing fear and tension in the community," she added.

Meawhile, UUP leader Mike Nesbitt said: "I join with others in condemning the actions of cowards in attacking the Hanna family home.

"It is another pointless act of violence".

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Frank in Belfast wrote (753 days ago):
They don't know the meaning of the word democracy....if I doesn't go their way then they attack THEIR psni...who is it that these people ate loyal to oh that's right it's Israel ....idiots
Mark in NI wrote (753 days ago):
Einstein - Wise up, I don't agree with attacks on anyones home and family.
Einstein in Belfast wrote (753 days ago):
Mark in NI wrote (22 hours ago): "This attack won't stop me working to promote core SDLP values of partnership, equality and mutual respect." Is she joking? The SDLP & Sinn Fein started all this trouble by NOT showing mutual respect over the union flag! So...kill her & her family then??
Marty in Singapore wrote (754 days ago):
Well said Claire. Stand firm against these terrorists.
Eddie Espie in Dunseverick wrote (754 days ago):
An absolutely vile and completely detestable attack on an elected represenative by some square wheeled sectarian sect.
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