22 March 2006

Hoax device at SDLP man's house

BBC


The device was found outside Pat Ramsey's home

A controlled explosion has been carried out at the home of SDLP assembly member Pat Ramsey in Londonderry.

Mr Ramsey's wife, Chris, spotted the suspicious device outside their house at Meenan Drive in the Bogside area at about 2230 GMT on Tuesday.

Army technical officers declared the device a hoax. Paint was thrown at police who attended the scene.

Mrs Ramsey was at home with the couple's five-year-old daughter when the attack happened.

She said the family would not be leaving their home.

It is the 12th time that the Ramsey home has been the target of an attack.

Mr Ramsey said his family and the local community were also suffering because of this intimidation.

"Those responsible for these attacks are holding the whole community here to ransom - and must stop their campaign of intimidation immediately," Mr Ramsey said.

"I have been blessed with good neighbours for over 20 years and I hope that I have another 20 years living alongside such loyal and outstanding friends.

"They should not have to deal with what they have had to put up with for the last few months. These attacks must stop, and they must stop now."

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