HC Deb 09 August 1972 vol 842 cc489-90W
Mr. Stratton Mills

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the attack on the homes of Senator McGladdery and Mr. Catherwood on Friday, 28th July.

Mr. David Howell

At 2.55 p.m. on Friday, 28th July, 1972, Senator McGladdery answered a cal lat the front door of his home, from a number of men, one of whom was armed. The Senator escaped from the house through the back door; he was fired on but not injured. Inflammable liquid was sprinkled throughout the house and set alight. In the subsequent fire the house was extensively damaged. The men escaped in a car which had been hi-jacked earlier that day in the Ardoyne area.

At 3.10 p.m. on the same day, four armed and masked men entered the home of Mr. Catherwood. Two women were in the house. The men poured inflammable liquid over the ground floor rooms and set them on fire, causing extensive damage. No injuries were sustained as the women escaped from the house when the intruders left.

Police inquiries in both those incidents are being pursued.