Couple tell of ‘lucky escape’ after Ballymena petrol bomb attack

The couple pictured beside with what is believed to the remains of a petrol bomb.

A COUPLE have told how they feel “lucky” to have escaped uninjured in a late night petrol bomb attack on their Ballymena home.

Danielle Glenholmes (28) and her partner Steven Johnston (25) were asleep on a mattress they had brought into their living room when the attack happened on Thursday at Casement Street.

Just feet away from where they were sleeping the device bounced off the double-glazed living room window before bursting into flames on the footpath.

Speaking on Friday, Danielle said their cat ‘Bertie’ was also fortunate to survive as it had been sitting at the window.

Danielle said: “We were lying in bed, we have the mattress in here sometimes, and we woke up and heard this big bang. The police said the petrol bomb bounced off the window. We were lucky.

“And our wee cat, Bertie, was sitting on the window sill when it happened.”

‘Bertie’ the cat.


Steven (25) said: “I looked out the window and all I saw was the flames. We were straight on the phone to the police, we were scared to go outside just in case they (the culprits) were still there.”

‘Bertie’ the cat.


PSNI Detective Sergeant Lenaghan said: “We received a report just before midnight that a petrol bomb had been thrown at the window of a house.

“The bottle failed to go through the window and instead landed on the pavement where it shattered and ignited, causing scorch damage outside the property.

“Two people who were at home at the time were unharmed.

“This was a reckless attack and, today, we could have been looking at a very different picture. This act had the potential to seriously damage the property, causing injury, even loss of life, to those inside and any passers-by.

“I am appealing to anyone with information to contact us on 101, quoting reference number 1920 of 09/01/20.”

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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