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Anti-drugs activist's car targeted in arson attack

By Lesley-Anne Houston

An Assembly Member has condemned an arson attack on a car belonging to a woman who has spoken out against drug dealing.

The vehicle was parked outside a house at Drumlough Gardens, Lisburn, when it was attacked just before 2.30am yesterday.

A number of people inside the house had to leave while the Fire Service dealt with the fire.

The torched car was extensively damaged.

DUP MLA Jonathan Craig said the arson attack on the car belonging to the victim, who has taken a public stand against drug dealing, followed the suicide of a young man.

The Policing Board member said the man’s involvement with drugs had led him to take his own life.

Mr Craig has called on the PSNI and the local community to unite against drug dealing.

He said residents in the Knockmore and Old Warren estates blame criminals in the drugs trade for both the suicide and threats against people in the area.

“I would hope that the individual whose car was attacked by these cowardly thugs will not be deterred from her work to improve the local area,” he said.

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