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Man (31) arrested after arson attack on house in Newtownhamilton

Detectives are investigating a fire at a property in Newtownhamilton last night (Friday).

Shortly before 10.45pm police on patrol in the area observed smoke coming from a property in Dungormley Estate.

The property was checked by both police and the NIFRS and it was found that no one was inside at the time.

One neighbouring property had to be evacuated as NIFRS worked to extinguish the fire.

There were no reports of any injuries.

A 31-year-old man, has been arrested on suspicion of arson endangering life with intent and remains in custody at this time.

Detective Sergeant McCarragher said: “Substantial damage was caused to the property as a result of this fire, which had the potential to spread to other adjoining houses, and which is being treated as arson endangering life.”

Sinn Fein Councillor Barra O’Muiri condemned the incident.

“The residents of Dungormley and Newtown deserve better,” he said.

“I have spoken to the PSNI and one man is in custody. I hope all residents are safe and well in spite of this incident.”

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives in Ardmore on the non-emergency number 101, and quote reference 2264 of 31/07/2020. 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.

A report can also be made using the online reporting form via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport. Alternatively, information can be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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