Appeal For Information On Arson Attack In Newtownards

PSNI detectives have issued an appeal for information following an arson attack at a vacant property in the Weaver's Grange area of Newtownards late last night, Thursday 23rd November.

Emergency services were called to the scene of a fire just after 11.45pm last night. When they arrived fire fighters found a house and vehicle on fire.

Residents in neighbouring properties had to be evacuated from their homes while the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) extinguished the blaze.

Detective Sergeant Bell said: "At this stage, we believe that the vehicle was deliberately driven into the side of the property, before being set alight. Extensive damage was caused to the front of the property, and the vehicle was completely destroyed.

"This was a completely reckless attack which could have had serious consequences. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported at this stage though this was obviously distressing for the local community, particularly young children who had to be woken from their beds and brought outside.

"We are following a number of lines of enquiry and I would appeal to anyone who may have seen anyone suspicious in the area at the time of the fire or to anyone who may have dash-cam or CCTV footage that could assist with enquiries, to contact detectives on 101 quoting reference 1930 of 23/11/23."

You can also submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/ or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org/.

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