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Fire at derelict building in Downpatrick 'deliberate'

Published 13/09/2016

Police are investigating.
Police are investigating.

A fire at a derelict building in Downpatrick is being treated by police as deliberate.

The suspicious fire happened in the Pound Lane area on Monday September 12.

Police received the report of the blaze just after 8.50pm.

Sergeant Ballard said: "The NIFRS have declared this fire to be deliberate. It is reported that a number of youths were seen at the premises earlier that evening.

"This site is derelict and dangerous and should not be entered without authority. I do not want to see anyone get hurt, seriously injured or worse so my advice is simple – think about your own safety and do NOT enter.

“I would ask anyone with any information about this incident to contact Downpatrick Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1304 of 12/09/16.

"Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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