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‘Senseless’ arson attack on car in Co Armagh housing estate

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This is what was left of a car after “senseless” arsonists set it on fire close to homes in a Co Armagh housing estate.

Firefighters responded to the blaze shortly after midnight in the Ardboe Drive area of Lurgan this morning (Thursday).

Police have condemned those responsible and ask the public to help with any information they may have.

“Another senseless attack on the hard earned property of a decent, working member of our community,” said a PSNI spokesperson.

“Thankfully, it didn’t spread to buildings or it would have potentially been fatal.

“If you live in Ardboe and saw or heard anything, or have heard anyone talking about this today, please contact us on 101, or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“Maybe you saw people hanging around in the area immediately before or after, or saw someone running away from the scene?

“The incident number is 36 of 29/11/17. If you know anything, get in touch.”

They added: “Often when these things happen we have people speculating as to why it has happened, or telling us about some motive.

“On this occasion, no one who has spoken to us has any idea. Could it be mistaken identity? Could it be simply mindless arsonists? If you can shed any light on this, get in touch with us via 101.

“If this had set fire to the houses, make no mistake, we could be talking about fatalities this morning. Thanks again to the swift work of our NIFRS colleagues, this blaze was contained.”

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