Arson attack on two schools

Police in County Antrim are treating an attack on a secondary school in Newtownabbey as "malicious."

Emergency services were called to the Newtownabbey Community High School in the Rathcoole Drive area of the town at around 5am this morning, where they discovered that flammable liquid had been poured through a window.

Major damage was caused to a music room and a number of musical instruments, worth thousands of pounds were also damaged in the attack.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident, a primary school sustained damage during an arson attack in Ballymena.

A mobile classroom was damaged during the fire, which happened at St Louis Primary School on the Cullybackey Road, yesterday.

Police have appealed for anyone who may have witnessed either incident, or who may know the identity of those responsible for either attack, to contact them on 0845 600 8000, or anonymously on the Crimestoppers number on 0800 555 111.


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