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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Two further car fires overnight in Ballycastle

Two cars have been left burnt out overnight in Ballycastle following suspected arson attacks.\

A fire engine from Ballycastle Fire Station attended the incidents on Boyd Court and Isle Road (near the Straid Road) after receiving calls at 1:35am and 2:13am.

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Both fires were put out, with a NIFRS spokesperson saying that the two blazes were both being treated as “deliberate ignition.”

Aftermath of over light car fire.
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Last night’s incident follows a similar incident on Leyland Drive in Ballycastle early on Tuesday morning in which a car was also burnt out, in what was believed to be a suspected arson attack.

Inspector Roxborough said: “Shortly after 1:35am, it was reported that two masked men approached a blue coloured VW Bora parked at the Boyd Court area of Ballycastle and smashed the windows of the vehicle. The men then placed something inside and set it alight, which completely destroyed the vehicle. A blue coloured Skoda Rapid which was parked near to the other vehicle was also damaged during the incident.

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“Shortly after 9:50am on Wednesday 16th September, it was reported to police that a car was found completely destroyed at the Isle Road area of Bushmills. Police are working to establish the circumstances surrounding this incident.

“Enquiries are continuing and at this stage, police are not investigating a link between either of these incidents and a report of arson which occurred in the Leyland Drive area of Ballycastle on Tuesday 15th September.

“We would appeal to anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in either of the areas at the times of each incident, to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 112 16/09/20. A report can be made using the online reporting form via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport. Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online atwww.crimestoppers-uk.org

It is not currently known if these incidents are linked.

This is third car burned out over two nights.

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