Bullets fired into empty car follows pipe bombs

By Evan Short

The victim of a gun attack that saw two bullets fired into her vehicle last week is pleading with the people behind a campaign of intimidation to end it for the sake of her children.

Lindsey Ward, 29, from Spamount Street in the New Lodge says she is living in fear after the gun attack last Thursday (January 30), the fifth violent attack on her in the last number of years. Lindsey’s father Sammy Ward, a founder member of the IPLO, was killed by republicans in 1992 and she says she doesn’t want another death in the family.

“My Daddy was killed so I don’t want to lose anyone else. This has to stop,” she said.

“When I lived in Stratheden Street they left two pipe bombs outside my house, and last year they put another pipe bomb outside here (Spamount Street). There have been allegations made against a family member but that has nothing to do with me. I live here on my own with two kids (10 and seven) and don’t bother anyone. They are attacking me because I’m an easy target.

“I want them to leave me alone. I’m terrified and stressed and don’t want my kids knowing about this.”

Strike marks are clearly visible on the car where it was struck by bullets.

However Lidsay said she only found out the attack had taken place “a couple of days” afterwards as she was out when the attack took place.

“People in the street said they heard the gunshots but I didn’t know until later. I am really scared.”

She added she had no idea who is behind the attacks.

“It’s definitely some kind of organisation but I have no idea who. It just has to stop.”

A PSNI spokesman said inquiries into the attack were continuing.

“Detectives in North Belfast are appealing for information after a report of a shooting incident near residential premises at the Spamount Street area on Thursday 30th January.

“It is believed that two shots were fired at a car parked in the area at around 9:30pm. Strike marks were recorded and no one is believed to have been injured during the incident.

“Police would ask anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area or anyone who has any information to contact Detectives at North Belfast on 0845 600 8000. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111”.

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