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Man arrested after stolen tractor driven into side of house in Co Derry village

The damage caused to a house in the village of Feeny after a stolen tractor was driven into the property. Picture from PSNI

A man has been arrested in connection with criminal damage to an unoccupied house in Feeny, County Derry which was rammed with a tractor.

A 63-year-old man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of two counts of causing criminal damage and theft in relation to the attack at Cherry Lane in Feeny on Sunday night.

The incident was the second time the building was targeted in the last six months. Significant damage was caused when a stolen tractor was driven into the side of the house.

Police spokesman, Detective Inspector Bob Blemmings described the incident as "shocking."

Mr Blemmings said: “The tractor, which was taken from a building site in Feeny area, was found a short time later abandoned on the outskirts of the village on the Glenshane Road.”

Sunday's incident was the second time the house was targeted. In October last year a stolen JCB digger was used to damage the building. The digger was taken from the Willowcroft area and driven to Cherry Lane where it was abandoned after damage was caused to the building.

A meeting between residents of the area and local councillors was due to take place last night, Tuesday.

Dungiven Sinn Féin councillor, Tony McCaul said residents were concerned over about the attack.

Mr McCaul said: “There is no way attacks like this can be justified; they are wrong and people should not have to put up with them. Incidents like Sundays are upsetting for people who have chosen to live in the area.”

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