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Mobile homes worth £500,000 destroyed in arson attack

Police are investigating after a large number of mobile homes were targeted in an arson attack last night (Sunday).

The incident happened at a site on the Drumnabreeze Road in Magheralin.

Inspector Gregory Beckett said: “Around fifteen mobile homes, with a total value in the region of half a million pounds, were destroyed by a fire which was reported to police shortly before midnight.

The NIFRS has said they believe one mobile home was deliberately set alight and positioned in such a way that the flames spread to the others.

“Enquiries are at a very early stage and we are appealing for witnesses.”

Speaking on the issue DUP MLA Carla Lockhart said: “this is a substantial loss of property and I would utterly condemn it. It is alarming to think that someone would deliberately set these mobile homes on fire.

“We could this morning be dealing with loss of life as a result.

“Mobile homes are very flammable and the financial loss is thought to be somewhere in the region of half a million pounds.

“Drumnabreeze Road is a quite area and this has sent shock waves amongst the residents. It is vital that any information that is known locally is reported to the PSNI.”

Please call 101, quoting reference 1466 28/01/18

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