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Lorry trailer filled with laundered fuel pods burnt to a cinder

The operation took around three hours

A 40ft lorry trailer was burnt to a cinder in what is being described as a “deliberate” fire outside Armagh city.

Police received a report of the blaze on the Wilsontown Road, Tullysaran in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday).

Sergeant Moffett said: “We received a report of a number of fires around 2.40am.

“Officers attended and found several fuel pods alight on a 40’ trailer. The NIFRS attended the scene and worked for a number of hours to extinguish the fire.

“We would appeal to anyone who has any information about this incident to get in touch with us on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 73 of 23/1/18.

“Alternatively, 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.”

The operation, which saw two fire crews from Armagh attend the scene, took around three hours.

An NIFRS spokesperson said: “The cause of the fire was determined as deliberate and the incident was dealt with at 5.40am”.

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