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somebody will die Couple at the centre of vicious feud with neighbourhood thugs fear for their lives

A row over a meat cleaver sparked the attack but Rosemary says that can't justify why they have been targeted repeatedly.

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Rosemary Travers and her Partner Patrick Ward speak to The Sunday World about recent attacks at her Newry home

Rosemary Travers and her Partner Patrick Ward speak to The Sunday World about recent attacks at her Newry home

Rosemary Travers with the brick which was put through her window during the on-going feud with local teens

Rosemary Travers with the brick which was put through her window during the on-going feud with local teens

Ronan Burns

Ronan Burns

Ryan Burns

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Rosemary Travers and her Partner Patrick Ward speak to The Sunday World about recent attacks at her Newry home

A couple at the centre of a vicious feud with neighbourhood thugs say someone will die if the violent attacks against them don't stop.

Rosemary Travers has had her Newry house smashed up on multiple occasions and her partner Patrick Ward had his jaw dislocated after being attacked by two teenage brothers who the couple claim have waged a war of terror against them.

Last week at Newry Magistrates Court, Ronan and Ryan Burns pleaded guilty to assault and are due to be sentenced at a later date.

But Rosemary and Patrick say they don't believe the vicious duo ending up behind bars will end their nightmare.

"They may be going to jail but I don't think this is over, I am genuinely terrified that someone will be badly injured," Rosemary Travers told Sunday World.

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Rosemary Travers with the brick which was put through her window during the on-going feud with local teens

Rosemary Travers with the brick which was put through her window during the on-going feud with local teens

Rosemary Travers with the brick which was put through her window during the on-going feud with local teens

"They are violent thugs who have already beat me and Patrick. If I had not been there to throw myself on Patrick when they were jumping up and down on his face and head, I think they could have killed him. He was lucky to escape with the injuries he had, stitches on his eyes and his jaw was hanging loose. He was in a terrible state."

A row over a meat cleaver sparked the attack but Rosemary says that can't justify why they have been targeted repeatedly.

She believes the fact Patrick is a member of the travelling community could be adding fuel to the ongoing feud.

"This all started when one of the lads involved pulled a meat cleaver out of a bag when I was talking to them outside. I grabbed it off him and he tried to get it back.

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Ronan Burns

Ronan Burns

"But I ran off with it, telling him he couldn't be running round with a meat cleaver.

"I threw it into the green and then the next thing I knew it was threw through my kitchen window. That was the start of it.

"We are under attack, my windows have been put through five times now. I just don't know when it will end.

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"I'm terrified someone will get killed or badly injured. I had a kerb stone thrown through my kitchen window and outside furniture thrown through windows. I'm terrified, we just want this to stop.

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"I've had a hard life, a rough life - we both have - but we just want to be left alone. I believe one of the reasons why we have been targeted is because Patrick is a traveller. Some people don't like the fact I have brought a traveller into their area, I honestly believe that has made things worse," she said.

The 40-year-old mum of five says because she stands up to her abusers she makes matters worse.

"I don't know how to lie down and take abuse. I have always been a fighter, not physically but I have morals and I won't stand back and be abused.

"For two years I was homeless with the Simon Community, when the Housing Executive offered me this property last November I thought it was too good to be true and I was right.

"Every window in this property has been put through and I have been verbally and physically attacked on the street.

"I have become so depressed by all that has been happening that I have been self-harming - just last week I tried to take my own life. If it wasn't for Patrick I would be at the end of a rope, I really mean that.

"I had got my life back in control with the help of the women in the Simon Community. I had made contact with my elder children and we both got off the drugs. We are in a programme at the minute and we are both doing really well but all of this happening, the attacks, the threats, I just can't cope and I don't think I can take any more," she revealed.

The couple were attacked on the street last Christmas after Ronan and Ryan Burns began verbally abusing Rosemary and Patrick stepped in to defend the love of his life.

"She's my girlfriend, of course I was going to step in," Patrick said.

"She's my girlfriend and I would do anything in the world for her, she's a lovely kind woman who doesn't deserve this. It breaks my heart to see what this has done to her, there's hardly a day that goes by that I don't take a blade off her - she says if she doesn't self-harm then it would be a rope."

Patrick still suffers pain from his injury but insists they don't want revenge.

He says some of his associates in Belfast have offered to end the feud once and for all with violence.

"We don't want that. I had to literally beg them not to get involved," Patrick told Sunday World.

"Like Rosie, I'm scared someone will get killed, throwing kerb stones through people's windows is dangerous. Jumping on someone's head so hard that they dislocate their jaw could have ended with me lying there dead.

"They are only young ones but if you get someone on the ground and start jumping on your head you have little chance of defending yourself.

"I know in my heart of hearts that if she had not of been there to help me I would be dead, she saved my life as far as I am concerned," Patrick said.

Meanwhile, Rosemary is preparing to appear in court on an indecent exposure charge. She has been accused of exposing herself in a Iceland store in the city. She pleaded not guilty last week.

"It's a load of crap and I will prove my innocence.

"Exposing yourself, if I was a model maybe but it would be in the f**king Daily Star not f**king Iceland," Rosemary said.

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