Halloween used as cover for ‘racially motivated’ attack in Cookstown


A HOUSE in Cookstown has been the target of a Halloween night attack which the residents of the home, believe was racially motivated.

In an EXCLUSIVE interview with the Mid Ulster Mail, the woman who did not wish to be identified spoke of her terror after her house was targeted by a gang of young people who pelted stones at her front window.

The woman, who originally hails from Africa was in the front room of the property on the Burn Road, Cookstown at the time with her four and half year old child.

The lady told the MAIL that this is not the first time her house had been targeted and that her friend next door had also had her pillar smashed last year.

Her neighbour and friend, also from Africa also spoke to the MAIL telling of how she went out of her house to confront the gang of youths who were throwing stones at the window next door.

She said he was terrified as her 13 year-old son was out at the time trick or treating with his cousin and she feared he would be attacked by the gang.

The women said they believe they have been targeted because of their race, the women said that no other houses on the street have been targeted as they are occupied by ‘local people.’

Police were called to the house and are appealing for information in relation to the incident.

A police statement said: “At 9.25pm, police received a report that three window panes had been smashed in one property. It was reported that up to five teenage boys were in the area at the time. No-one was injured in this incident. Police were assigned to the report a minute later and arrived at the scene as soon as they could, approximately 35 minutes later.”

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Cookstown Police Station on 0845 600 8000. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.