Family escape injury in Newry bomb attack (UTV)

A family of five has escaped injury after a pipe bomb was thrown at their home in Newry, Co Down on Wednesday night.

It happened at Patrician Park, just off Dublin Road, at around 9.20pm.

The exploded pipe bomb caused damage to the front of the house and a car parked outside.

Police and army bomb experts attended the scene, cordoning the area off until 12.20am on Thursday.

The father of three grown-up children, who lives at the house, did not want to be identified. He told UTV that his family were left shaken.

A PSNI spokesperson said that a motive had not yet been established, and appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

Dominic Bradley, SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh, has condemned those behind the attack.

“This house is in a quiet residential area and this was a senseless attack for which there is absolutely no justification. It could easily have caused injury or death.

“Those behind this attack are enemies of our community and anyone with any information should contact the police immediately,” he added.

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson, the party’s justice spokesperson, said that somebody could have been killed.

“The people responsible have no regards for the consequences of their actions. There is no place for violence on our streets. We should be thankful that nobody was hurt in this attack.

“If anybody has any information about this pipe bomb attack then I would urge them to contact the Police,” he concluded.

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