An arson attack on a family business in south Armagh is the latest in a string of similarly sinister incidents.
Sinn Féin councillor Barra Ó Muirí has strongly condemned the arson attack in Cullyhanna on Tuesday night, stating that it that had brought caused great concern in the locality.
It happened at former commercial premises on the Tullynavall Road.
Cllr Ó Muirí stated that this was not the first time that the premises had been targeted, after it was daubed with graffiti previously.
The Sinn Féin elected representative explained: “The owner of this property has been victimised for his attempts to open a family business that will benefit the community of Cullyhanna and district.
“At a time when communities are coming together more than ever to support each other, we have individuals lurking in the dead of night intent on ruining a local business.
“It is at odds with the charity and generosity being shown by the community of Cullyhanna at present. These attacks must stop.”
Police attended along the blaze alongside colleagues from Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service.
While no one was injured, substantial and costly damage has been caused to the building.
Police are appealing to anyone with information, or who may have noticed any suspicious activity including a car being driven from the area at speed, to contact them on 101 quoting reference number 1834 of 24/03/20.
Information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.