Belfast Telegraph

Policing board member in new attack

By Ruairi McLaren
14 January 2005

A North West MLA today vowed that he will not give in to a campaign of terror against him by dissident republicans.

Strabane DPP member, Eugene McMenamin was targeted by hoax bombers yesterday, the second time he has been subjected to threats this week.

But he vowed today that he would face down the threats, saying he would not be bullied into leaving the Strabane District Policing Partnership.

The hoax bomb discovered on his car in Strabane town centre yesterday was the latest attack in a long-running campaign of intimidation being waged against the West Tyrone MLA.

Police cordoned off the area and sent for the bomb squad.

Mr McMenamin said: "I had parked my car near my office in Abercorn Square. I was just getting into it with my wife when we noticed the device on the passenger side windscreen."

Police later confirmed the device was a hoax.

Earlier this week Mr McMenamin was one of a group of District Policing Partnership members targeted with hoax letter bombs.

Nationalist MLAs Mr McMenamin and Pat Ramsey have both been subjected to particularly vicious hate campaigns.

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