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Arson attack on Carrickfergus pub

Second pub in the town targeted by arsonists in space of 48 hours

A blaze which broke out at a Co Antrim pub is being treated as arson.

The fire at the historic Joymount Arms in Carrickfergus was targeted in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

It's understood the blaze took hold after 1am - with a number of homes nearby evacuated. They were allowed to return at around 4am.

It's believed there was significant damage caused to the downstairs area of the bar as a result of the fire with dozens of firefighters on scene.

It's the second pub in the town to be targeted by arsonists in the space of just two days following a blaze at a disused bar in the area on Saturday.

Extensive damage was caused to the property at North Street in Carrickfergus which was well alight by the time fire crews arrived at the scene.

The blaze broke out during the early hours of Saturday morning.

There were no reports of any injuries.

A spokeswoman for the PSNI has appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

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