Elderly Man Escapes Injury After Cookstown Arson Attack

An elderly man has escaped unharmed after an arson attack on his County Tyrone home involving two wheelie bins.

The incident occurred at a residential premises in the Beechway area of Cookstown in the early hours of Sunday 09 December, with police receiving the report shortly before 3.45am.

The two bins were placed at the front of the flat and set alight.

Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene and extinguished the blaze.
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Detective Sergeant Robinson said: "Enquiries are continuing and we would appeal to anyone with any information to contact detectives on 101, quoting reference number 321 9/12/18."

Information can also be passed to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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