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Arson attack on house in Armagh City ‘attempted murder’ says homeowner

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Police in Armagh are appealing for information after a report of arson at residential premises at the Mullacreevie Park area in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Louis O’Neill was asleep in the house at the time, however, his pregnant wife was not in the house at the time. She is due to give birth to their first child in five weeks.

“I have no grief with anybody,” Mr O’Neill told the BBC.

“If someone had an issue with me I’d expect them to come to me and speak me about it, not do something like this.

“To me, at the end of the day, this is attempted murder.”

Armagh Sergeant Barbara McNally said: “Shortly after 2:10am, it was reported that a house in the area was on fire. It is believed that damage was caused to the front of the property, but no one is believed to have been injured. Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene and the fire was extinguished. One man was in the house at the time of the incident.

“Enquiries are continuing, but at this stage police believe the fire was started deliberately.

“Officers in Armagh Police Station can be contacted on the 101 non-emergency number. If you prefer to provide information without giving your details you can contact the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

City councillor Gareth Keating commenting on news said: “This attack on a house in Mullacreevie Park must be condemned.

“It appears that whoever was responsible got the wrong house but regardless of that there can be no justification for this type of incident. 

“The people of the area do not want this type of criminality. 

“I would like to praise the emergency services for their quick response in dealing with this attack. 

“Anyone with information on this incident should bring it to the PSNI.” 

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