Petrol bomb attack on prison officer's home

A prison officer’s car was attacked with a petrol bomb late last night, police said today.

A prison officer’s car was attacked with a petrol bomb late last night, police said today.

The device damaged the car parked outside the man’s house in the Ferndale area of Newtownabbey, in Co Antrim.

A lone man in dark clothing was seen running from the area.

The Prison Officers’ Association accused Loyalist paramilitaries of carrying out the attack.

Finlay Spratt, chairman of the POA, said it was the latest in a series of attacks linked to the ongoing disputes within Maghaberry Prison.

He said: “Just three nights ago the disabled sister of a prison officer had her car petrol-bombed outside her home.

“They are attacking disabled members of society just because they happen to have a relative who works in the Prison Service.”

A bomb also exploded on top of a telephone box in the Ashley Gardens area of Bangor, Co Down.

Glass and debris was scattered over a 30-yard radius, said police. No one was injured.

Meanwhile, a man and woman and two teenage boys escaped injury in a gun attack on their home in Bangor.

They were upstairs in bed early today when a shot was fired through the living room window of the West Moreland area of the town.

Two men are being treated in hospital for head injuries after being attacked by a gang armed with baseball bats in Lisburn , Co Antrim.

The men, understood to be in their 30s and 40s, work in a local pub and were attacked after closing time.

Police are investigating a possible connection with attacks on seven cars in a car park, in which windows were smashed and bodywork damaged.

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