Family escape bomb attack

Pat Ramsey said he would not be intimidated

The family of an SDLP assembly member has escaped injury in a petrol bomb attack in Derry.

Two devices were thrown at Pat Ramsey's home in Meenan Drive in the city at about 2300 BST on Tuesday.

Mr Ramsey was not at home when the attack happened but his wife and children were in the house.

One of the bombs exploded outside his youngest daughter's bedroom window.

It is the latest in a series of attacks against Mr Ramsey's home and office.

However, he said he would not give way to intimidation.

Mr Ramsey, the nationalist SDLP leader on Derry City Council, said "lethal weapons" had been aimed at his family.

"Those behind this ugly campaign will not break down Pat Ramsey's resolve."
Mark Durkan
SDLP leader

"Two petrol bombs hit the house just under my child's bedroom. It is thanks to my neighbours, who rushed out with water in any container available, that no one was injured.

"I would like to acknowledge their brave actions and thank them from my heart."

SDLP leader Mark Durkan said the attacks on Mr Ramsey were "a futile attempt to intimidate him" but were also "torture for his family".

"As well as bringing stress to his family, they bring anxiety and disruption for his neighbours," he said.

"Those behind this ugly campaign will not break down Pat Ramsey's resolve. They are only showing their own political and moral bankruptcy.

"We may not know who they are, but we know exactly what they are."

Last month, Mr Ramsey's three-year old daughter was overcome by fumes after two hooded men ran into his Derry office and sprayed a substance into the air.

In June, a suspect device was discovered in the front garden of Mr Ramsey's home in the Bogside area of the city. It was later declared a hoax.

Mr Ramsey also said he was the target of a device thrown at his neighbour's house in February. It was later declared a hoax.

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