O'Loan's home targeted in paint bomb attack

The home of the North's former Police Ombudsman Nuala O’Loan was targeted in a sectarian attack today.

The home of the North's former Police Ombudsman Nuala O’Loan was targeted in a sectarian attack today.

Paint bombs were thrown at the house in Ballymena, Co Antrim, where O'Loan lives with her husband, nationalist SDLP Stormont Assembly Member Declan O’Loan.

Police said they were treating the incident in the Oldpark Avenue area as a hate crime with a sectarian motive.

Mr O’Loan said the attack would not stop the family living their lives.

“This was a regrettable incident which the police are actively investigating,” he said.

“The mess will be cleared up and life will go on.”

O'Loan was appointed as the North’s first Police Ombudsman 10 years ago after the role was created as part of peace process reforms to make policing more accountable.

She served for eight years, during which time she examined a series of high-profile cases of alleged security force collusion with paramilitaries during the Troubles.

The mother of five also investigated the failed police inquiry into the 1998 Omagh bombing, producing a damning report on the Royal Ulster Constabulary’s handling of the case.

She stood down in 2007 and was replaced by current Ombudsman Al Hutchinson.

In 2008 she was appointed by the Government as its special envoy to East Timor.

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