Police in Coleraine are investigating reports of an incident close to a filling station in the Finvoy Road area of Ballymoney yesterday afternoon (Saturday 10 June), when three petrol bombs were thrown and a 20 year old man was assaulted.
Inspector Colin Reeves said: “We need the local community to support and assist our enquiries by providing us with details of the people involved in this incident.
“We believe that three men got out of a silver coloured car around 4pm yesterday afternoon and each of them threw a petrol bomb at a hut close to a bonfire site on the Finvoy Road.
“While two failed to ignite, the other hit a 20 year old man and partially exploded. He was then also attacked by one of the assailants carrying a metal pole. The victim was treated in hospital for minor injuries to his legs and hand.
“We are appealing to anyone who saw what happened or has information that would help our investigation to contact police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 890 of 10/6/17.”
Councilor Darryl Wilson said “Disgusted to hear that my friends were attacked in Finvoy over the weekend while building their 11th night bonfire.
I have been working closely with local bonfire builders for many years now and have built friendships and a good working relationship with the communities involved, including the Finvoy area.
To learn that children were attacked with iron bars and petrol bombs has sickened me to the pit of my stomach. One young man has sustained injuries and had to be treated in hospital.
The perpetrators knew fine well that attacking children with bars and a petrol bomb could cause serious harm or result in a death, those responsible must be apprehended and feel the full force of the law for these sickening and deplorable actions.
I would urge anyone who was in the area at the time to come forward to the PSNI immediately.”