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Fuel plant arson put Downpatrick in danger, say police

By David Young

Police last night praised the Northern Ireland Fire & Service heroes who extinguished a blazing oil tanker just yards from three massive oil silos and tons of combustible waste in a Downpatrick fuel recycling plant.

"Had one of those caught fire it could have taken days or even weeks to bring it back under control," the Co Down PSNI wrote on its Facebook page.

Describing it as "idiotic and dangerous incident of the year", the PSNI appealed for information about the arson attack at Brannish Road, close to homes.

"There is absolutely no excuse for this type of reckless and dangerous behaviour," the force said

"We are pleading with the community to help us identify the people responsible for this.

"They cannot be allowed to continue, as they have literally put the whole town at risk."

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