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Police probe early morning arson attack at flat

Damage caused to door in Newry incident

Police are appealing for information after an arson attack at a flat in Newry.

It is understood an accelerant was used to try and get the fire to take hold.

Police received a report that a fire had been started at the front door of the first floor flat at Loanda Crescent at around 8am on Saturday morning.

Detective Sergeant Peter Stewart said: “Upon arrival of police and NIFRS personnel, the fire had been extinguished by a neighbour.

“Checks were then carried out to ensure no-one was inside the flat.

“At this time it is believed that accelerant was poured on the door and then set alight.

“The door of the flat has been badly damaged as a result of the fire and smoke damage caused to the inside of the property.”

Appealing for help to find those responsible, DS Stewart added: “I would ask anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the Loanda Crescent area at the time of this incident or anyone who has any information which could assist with our enquiries to contact detectives in Ardmore on 101 quoting reference number 354 11/11/17 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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