30/03/2005

Arson attack destroys new kidney unit at Altnagelvin

Around £250,000 worth of damage has been caused to a new kidney unit at Londonderry's Altnagelvin hospital following an arson attack on Tuesday.

The fire, which was reported at about 9.30pm on Tuesday, is thought to have been started deliberately, possibly by young people who gather in the grounds in the evenings.

The unit, which was still being fitted out, was due to open later this year, however this date will now have to be postponed.

Altnagelvin's chief executive, Elaine Way, described the blaze as a setback.

"This was a much needed service for the people in Derry," she said.

"It's really very hard to accept and there's a lot of disappointment and anger around this site this morning."

Police have appealed for anyone with any information about the incident to contact them on 028 9065 0222 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

(MB/SP)

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