Northern Ireland

Two charged in connection with targeting young mother-of-one left 'traumatised' in Lurgan home

The video footage was posted online
The video footage was posted online The video footage was posted online

Police investigating the intimidation of a young mother at her home in Co Armagh have charged two men in connection with the incident.

The 21-year-old woman and her one-year-old toddler were forced to leave their house in Lurgan's Ashleigh Crescent  after being left "traumatised" by the frightening ordeal, which was captured on a doorbell camera and shows a man kicking the front door and proclaiming: “There’s Fenians in here.”

Footage of the incident has been shared widely online, prompting condemnation from politicians and an outpouring of support for the woman.

Police have also said they are increasing patrols in the area, "to reassure the community that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated".

Two men aged 34 and 37 have been charged with attempted criminal damage and attempted theft over the incident, which a PSNI spokesperson said was being treated as "a sectarian hate crime."

The pair will appear before Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on May 31, and all charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.

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The charges follow concerns that only one man had been arrested in connection with the incident, despite a second man clearly seen in the video.

Lurgan Sinn Féin councillor Keith Haughian told the Irish News he had questioned the police handling of the case so far.

A PSNI spokesperson said: “Police take reports of this nature extremely seriously; everyone has the right to feel safe in their home and we will continue to make every effort to ensure that this happens."