Northern Ireland

Magherafelt attack: Pensioner left shaken after petrol bombing

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Media captionThe attack happened at the property at Leckagh Walk on New Year's Eve

A woman in her 70s has described her panic after petrol bombs were thrown at her bungalow in County Londonderry.

Roberta Wilson had been sitting in her living room at Leckagh Walk when the devices were thrown at the property at about 22:10 GMT on Wednesday.

The window and door of the bungalow sustained scorch damage.

Ms Wilson had been sitting in her living room when the attack happened. She escaped injury, but was left shaken.

She said: "I heard a bang and I went out. All I saw was the flames up the back window. It was pitch black. I started panicking.

"I opened the door and the thing fell on the ground and went out."

The pensioner said someone had opened the back gate of her property, came up the path and threw the devices at the back of the house.

She said her car had been attacked a number of times in the past, with the most recent incident just before Christmas.

However, Ms Wilson is determined not to leave the house where she has lived for about six years.

"I don't know why they are doing it on me. I just went blank. I don't know what to think," she said.

Image caption The devices caused damage to the back door of the house

"It's a very good estate, I'm happy in it, well I was, but not now. Why should I move for them, let them put me out of my own home?"

She appealed to whoever was responsible: "Just leave me alone, let me live in peace".

DUP councillor Elizabeth Forde, who lives nearby, said she was concerned that such a thing could happen.

"I'm devastated. The woman, last night, when I went to see her was hysterical.

"We don't know why this has taken place but we have left it with the police to do a full investigation."

The police have appealed for information.