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Shock attack Man says his autistic grandchild could've been killed after explosives thrown at home

"The gang have been targeting me and my family too long now and this is this just the latest in a long line of attacks against us. We are sick of it."

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Gerard Stevenson and the aftermath of one of the explosives attacks at his home in Armagh 
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Gerard Stevenson and the aftermath of one of the explosives attacks at his home in Armagh PACEMAKER BELFAST

An Armagh man says his autistic grandchild could have been killed after a local gang threw explosives at his house last night. 

Speaking to the Sunday World, Gerard Stevenson says his daughter's house was also attacked in the latest incident in a "long hate campaign" against his family.

Two houses were damaged after explosive devices were thrown at the properties yesterday evening in the Lisanalley Gardens area just before 7 PM.

Mr Stevenson's daughter’s home was also targeted in the incident, and he says his 11-year-old autistic grandchild was just seconds away from being badly hurt or killed as the devices detonated.

He said: “This campaign goes back for years. My grandchild is lucky to be alive after what happened last night. If my grandchild had been near the door or had opened the door they might not be here right now.

"The gang have been targeting me and my family too long now and this is this just the latest in a long line of attacks against us. We are sick of it.

"They regularly taunt my daughter, throwing bananas into her garden and making monkey noises because her child is autistic.

"Law-abiding families like ours are at the whim of these people, and the police don't seem to be doing anything about it."

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Mr Stevenson also spoke of the helplessness he and his family feel after the attack.

He added: "The police were very quick on the scene last night but we feel that they are powerless to do anything, and as a result we are powerless and helpless in this situation.

"I just want to know when this is all going to end. It's like they can do what they want and we can't do anything about it."

In an appeal for information in regards to the incident, a PSNI spokesperson said: "Thankfully nobody was injured as a result of the attacks but these actions could have had tragic consequences and officers are currently at the scene carrying out our investigations.

“I would appeal to anyone who either witnessed this incident or who has information that could assist to contact 101. Information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop Crime.”

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