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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

13 Year olds 'Quick Thinking' avoids 'Tragedy'
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The quick thinking of a 13 year old has been praised on social media after his actions early on Saturday morning past, may have helped prevent a possible tragedy on the Carnany Estate in Ballymoney.

In what the police described as a ‘criminal damage’ incident, windows of a property were broken and a vehicle in the driveway set alight in an early morning attack.

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The young teenager, who had been staying with his Grandmother, heard the disruption at one of the neighbours property and quickly phoned the police. He also bravely led his Grandmother to a back bedroom, waiting for the emergency services to attend.

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Speaking to the Ballymoney Bubble, the young boys Mother has said;

“I’d just like to say that I’m so proud of how he handled it all, he stays with his granny every weekend, he helps her about the house, a very caring young lad but he has definitely went beyond with how he dealt with what happened!

My mother, his granny said that he was so calm throughout it all, he got her to safety in the back room first then rang the police and stayed on the phone with them until a squad car arrived, whilst calming my mother.

I just can’t believe how well he handled the whole situation, proud is an understatement! My thoughts go out to the victims of this horrendous attack, I hope they know we are all thinking of them! “

The brave young teen also wanted to say on behalf of himself that he;

“Hopes the neighbours are OK

I was woken in the early hours by the sound of glass smashing and phoned the police, and told them to send a fire engine too.

I would like to thank the female police officer for being so kind and would also like to wish the victims well, he hopes they get through this ordeal as best they can and him and his granny will do anything they can to help.”

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The incident was dealt with promptly by the PSNI & NIFRS and the occupants of the premises have said they are in ‘shock and dismay’. They have also said the young teen ‘may as well saved our lives’. It’s understood however no-one was hurt.

The police haven’t provided any further update in the incident or its possible motive other than to say:

“Police received a report of criminal damage at the Carnany Estate area of Ballymoney in the early hours of this morning.

Enquiries are continuing and there are no further details at this stage.”

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