Page last updated at 17:38 GMT, Saturday, 17 October 2009 18:38 UK

Attacks drive family from village


Windows were smashed on the house and car

A Rasharkin man has said his family are desperate to leave the County Antrim village because of sectarian attacks.

Christopher McCaughan's car was covered in paint and windows were smashed at his home on Church Road shortly after midnight on Saturday.

Mr McCaughan, who is a Protestant, said it was the latest in a series of attacks on his home and property. He said he has had enough.

The police confirmed they are treating the latest incident as a hate crime.

Mr McCaughan told BBC Radio Ulster: "This has been going on since February.

"I need some help from somebody to try and get me out of this situation that we are having to live through.

"I want away from here," he said.

Local DUP Councillor John Finlay described the latest incident as "blatantly sectarian".

He said: "Sectarian attacks have been a regular occurrence this year in the town with attacks on a number of Protestant homes as well as the local Orange hall."

Sinn Fein MLA Daithi McKay said the attack on the McCaughan family was to be "condemned outright" and said those who carried it out have no support within the local area.

"Their actions are totally reprehensible and members of the nationalist and republican community here want to see all of these senseless attacks coming to an end," he said.

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