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Speaking out: Andrew Elliot says his home was targeted because he spoke out about dealers in local area

Speaking out: Andrew Elliot says his home was targeted because he spoke out about dealers in local area

Boarded up: Inside Andrew’s home in Lisanally Gardens

Boarded up: Inside Andrew’s home in Lisanally Gardens

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Speaking out: Andrew Elliot says his home was targeted because he spoke out about dealers in local area

A furious father has blamed cocaine dealers for smashing up the windows of his house.

But Andrew Elliott has warned those behind the cowardly attack that he won’t be intimidated out of his home.

“I’ve lived here in this house for over 40 years and I won’t be intimidated out by a bunch of drug dealing scumbags,” says Andrew.

“This used to be a really quiet area but drug dealing is rife now. I would go out walking in the evening and the amount of cars coming into the park full of strangers has increased.

“Everyone knows there are drug dealers in the area and it’s getting worse. The majority of people don’t want that stuff being sold round here and I’ll always speak out against it.”

His bungalow in Lisanally Gardens, Armagh, was targeted two weeks ago and he says he believes it’s because he’s been speaking out against a rise in cocaine dealing in the area recently.

Another house in the area was attacked a week before and he says he has been blamed for that – something he has denied.

“On Sunday the fourth of October I received a call to come home to my property in Armagh as my windows and door had been smashed in,” says Andrew.

“I was away at my partner’s house but about seven-to-ten days previous to the attack on my home a similar attack took place at a property and car in the area.

“It is rumoured within the community that this attack was down to the supply and use of drugs within the area.

“It is my view that my home was attacked in direct retaliation for this attack even though at the time I was over 20 miles away when it took place.

“I believe a small number of criminals who are involved in the supply and use of class A drugs, and particularly cocaine, in the area are behind the attack on my home.

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Boarded up: Inside Andrew’s home in Lisanally Gardens

Boarded up: Inside Andrew’s home in Lisanally Gardens

Boarded up: Inside Andrew’s home in Lisanally Gardens

“I have passed this information on to the police. Lisanally Gardens has been my home for over 40 years and if the attack on my home was done to intimidate or drive me from my home then they are sadly mistaken, it hasn’t worked nor will it work.

“The Lisanally bully boys will never succeed in this. I’m just so thankful that neither of my two girls or myself were at home during this vicious attack because we would have been ripped to shreds with flying glass.”

The damage to the windows was carried out seemingly with a weapon as no stones or bricks were found inside Mr Elliott’s property.

But he says he’s been left with draughty windows since the attack and been told it could be two months before his windows are replaced.

He has even reached out to independent councillor Paul Berry who has contacted the Housing Executive to push for a solution on his behalf.

“Apart from the Housing Executive coming to board up my windows they have been absolutely no help to me and my family whatsoever,” says Mr Elliott.

“Even Councillor Paul Berry seems to be getting the run around from them. It’s getting colder and colder and the windows need to be fixed.”

He says he wants to thank all the people who sent him messages of support from right across Armagh as well as the community police who are looking after his case.

Less than hour after the Sunday World contacted the Housing Executive, Mr Elliott received a call from them telling them they’d be out to deal with the damage.

“Not long after you left I got a call from the Housing Executive to say they are coming to my property to seal up the draughts with polyethylene in the coming days , until glass can be fitted,” he said.

A Housing Executive spokesperson said: “We have spoken with our tenant and advised that we will draught proof his property.

“Replacement windows are expected to be installed early next week.”

steven.moore@sundayworld.com

Sunday World


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