19/12/2019

Stolen Car Used In Belfast Arson

A stolen car has been set alight at a filling station in Belfast, causing considerable damage as a result.

Police are appealing for information following the arson attack on Rosetta Road in the early hours of this morning, Thursday 19 December.

Reports emerged at around 1am that a car parked in the petrol station forecourt had been set alight. The vehicle was subsequently destroyed and a significant amount of damage was caused to the business premises.

Police have hit out at those behind the "reckless" act and said it is fortunate that more damage was not caused. The business is located in a residential area with families living near the live petrol pumps.

It's understood the car had been stolen from the Southland Dale area of Belfast at around 2.50am on Monday 16 December.
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Detective Sergeant William Arnott said: "We are extremely fortunate we are not dealing with a more serious incident this morning following this unbelievably reckless act. It does not bear thinking about what could have happened to families living nearby if this fire had spread to the petrol pumps of this filling station. Whoever carried out this irresponsible act did not care who got hit."

Members of the public who believe they hold information about either the arson or the car theft, or who saw a white Ford Fiesta being driven in a suspicious manner between 16 December and this morning's attack are urged to contact police. Investigating officers can be contacted on non-emergency line 101 quoting reference 66 of 19/12/19 and 176 of 16/12/19.

Details can also be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



(JG/MH)

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