AN Aghyaran woman endured a terrifying ordeal on Friday night when another motorist repeatedly rammed into the back of her vehicle.
While there has been a spate of burglaries in the rural area outside Castlederg in recent weeks, local councillor Kieran McGuire claimed that, following this horrifying incident, criminal activity there is “at a different level now”.
A local person, who wished to remain anonymous, contacted Cllr McGuire at the weekend alleging that their mother’s car had been rammed a number of times by another vehicle on Corgary Road at around 8.30pm.
In a message sent to the councillor via social media, the person claimed that, as their mother drove along the road, she was “rammed from behind” on several occasions. As she tried to accelerate away, the other vehicle also speeded up and rammed her again.
In a bid to shake off her pursuer the woman pulled over to a house and made it seem as if she had returned home, hoping that the other car would then drive past her. But as she got out of her vehicle to walk towards the house, the driver of the other car reversed and started to ‘rev’ the engine. The woman feared that the vehicle was preparing to drive at her.
However, as she began to fear the worst, the panicked woman was able to wave down a third vehicle that came on the road.
The man behind the wheel of this vehicle, believed to a “jeep-style car”, said he would drive after the other car to try and get the registration number.
The family of the woman who endured this “car-ramming” incident are now looking to get in touch with this motorist to find out if he had been successful.
They passed on their story to Mr McGuire in the hope that posting up their mother’s ordeal on social media could help track him down.
The message to the local councillor, which he then published on Facebook, ended, “Something has to be done, the criminal activity on the Corgary/Aghyaran area is serious and if they r gonna start ramming into people it’s a joke.”
Just last week, the PSNI revealed that police patrols had been increased in the Aghyaran and Castlederg areas in a bid to thwart the rising level of crime.
Local police commander, Chief Inspector Johnny Hunter, met with both Sinn Féin councillor Mr McGuire and his party colleague, West Tyrone MP Órfhlaith Begley, who were demanding more action to stop the criminals.
On social media, the PSNI said that the increased visibility would be continuing in the weeks ahead.
“We will be out and about all weekend on the roads and on the streets around the district. We will be keeping a tight eye on the border around Castlederg after recent crimes, but we know that the people responsible are crafty enough to move on to another area once the heat is on,” they said.
“We are stepping up our efforts to deter and detect these individuals but we can’t be everywhere, so we are looking for you to help us. If you see a suspicious vehicle or person, speak out and give us a call,” the PSNI added.
Posted: 10:29 am January 24, 2019