Tobermore stunned after latest warning over drug dealers

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A vacant property just a few doors down from a recent pipe bomb attack in Tobermore, has been attacked by vandals.

Paint was sprayed on the property in the Calmore estate naming a man and warning him to “stay out.”

The house is close to where two adults and three children escaped injury in a late night pipe bomb attack back in March. The device was thrown at the rear of the property in Calmore Park, causing damage to a door and window. A bungalow at Castle Park was also damaged.

One of the occupants, who has since left the estate, told the MAIL that the kitchen window blind saved him from getting seriously injured or killed. He also denied “rumours” that he had been involved in drugs.

In January three men were assaulted in the same area of the village, one requiring hospital treatment, after they were attacked by four masked men with bats and a sledge hammer.

And a few weeks ago a bullet was sent in the post to the local primary school.

The number of violent incidents in Tobermore - better known for winning prizes in the annual NI Best Kept Town and Village Competition - has surprised many in the community.

Condemning the latest incident DUP councillor Anne Forde said local people were “very concerned for their safety”. “I would call on the PSNI to step up their investigation,” she said. “I have spoken to local people who are extremely concerned.”