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Couple and daughter (4) escape injury after arson attack spreads to Co Down home

By Claire Williamson

Published 13/02/2016

A couple and their four-year-old daughter have escaped injury after an arson attack on a shed spread to their home in Holywood.

The shed was deliberately set alight shortly before 6.30am in the Clarehill Lane area and it spread quickly to a nearby oil tank and to a family home.

A 33-year old man has been arrested by detectives investigating the attack.

Police said the suspect was arrested early this afternoon at an address in Oakley Avenue. He remains in custody at present.

Detective Constable Kacey Dickson said: “Thankfully the occupants, a couple aged 28 and 26, and their 4-year-old daughter, were able to make their way outside unharmed however their home was extensively damaged.

We are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information about this crime to get in touch with us by calling Reactive and Organised Crime detectives on 101.”

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