Community worker tells of ‘terror’ after paint bomb at north Belfast home

Paint attack on Community workers car on Tuesday night on the Whitewell road in North Belfast
Paint attack on Community workers car on Tuesday night on the Whitewell road in North Belfast

A female Community worker has told of her horror after a paint bomb attack at her North Belfast home.

The Whitewell Road resident, who wants to be known as ‘Cathy’, said paint was thrown over her car around 8.40pm on September 8.

During the attack damage was also caused to the vehicle’s rear windscreen after it was hit by a brick.

My granddaughter came to me and said there were people in our garden throwing what she thought was milk,” said Cathy.

“Then when we went into the other room to look there was paint all over the car and up the wall.”

She said “around three of four people” carried out the attack who she said “shouted ‘You Orange B’s’ as they ran from our house, so I rang 999 immediately”.

Police are treating the incident as a hate crime.

“I don’t know why my home was attacked,” added Cathy. “It is hard to know why anyone would dislike you that much and what you are trying to do to bring people together and move forward.

“I saw them running across the bridge but that does not mean that they live across in that area (nationalist Longlands).

“I am really, really annoyed but it is not going to stop me doing what I do and living where I live. The windows on our home were broken in the past, but for me this was more of a mess than a broken window.

“I am hoping this is the last time it ever happens again.”

Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast City Council, Guy Spence, blasted the attack as “disgusting”.

“Last night took everyone by surprise,” he added.

“It is just disgraceful that something like this can happen to someone trying to play a positive role in their community.”

“This was very traumatic for everyone involved. It happened after a meeting about the Greater Whitewell area and community cohesion and trying to eradicate tension in the area.

“And one of the people involved in the meeting ended up getting attacked.”

Inspector David McBride has appealed for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information that will assist the investigation to contact officers in Tennent Street Police Station on the non-emergency number 101.

Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.