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Houses damaged as birds killed in arson attack on pigeon loft

Published 03/06/2016

Kerry Hagans with husband Francis Hagans and baby Lacey - the family escaped injury following an arson attack which damaged a number of houses in Larne, Co Antrim. Photo by Pacemaker Press
Kerry Hagans with husband Francis Hagans and baby Lacey - the family escaped injury following an arson attack which damaged a number of houses in Larne, Co Antrim. Photo by Pacemaker Press
A man in his 40s was treated for the effects of smoke inhalation following the incident

Two houses have been damaged after an arson attack in Co Antrim.

Shortly after 2am, it was reported that a pigeon loft had been set on fire in the Loranville area of Larne.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses following an arson attack in the Loranville area of Larne during the early hours of Friday morning, June 3. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye
Detectives are appealing for witnesses following an arson attack in the Loranville area of Larne during the early hours of Friday morning, June 3. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye
Detectives are appealing for witnesses following an arson attack in the Loranville area of Larne during the early hours of Friday morning, June 3. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye
Detectives are appealing for witnesses following an arson attack in the Loranville area of Larne during the early hours of Friday morning, June 3. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye

The pigeon loft was completely destroyed and a number of pigeons were killed.

A man in his 40s, who was in one of the houses at the time, was treated for the effects of smoke inhalation.

A woman and two young girls, also in the property, were not injured.

Detective Constable Rachel Gardiner has appealed for witnesses.

She said: "I am appealing for anyone who was in the area at around that time and who may have seen anything that could assist the investigation to contact detectives in Larne on 101.

"Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

Detectives are appealing for witnesses following an arson attack in the Loranville area of Larne during the early hours of Friday morning, June 3. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye
Detectives are appealing for witnesses following an arson attack in the Loranville area of Larne during the early hours of Friday morning, June 3. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye
Detectives are appealing for witnesses following an arson attack in the Loranville area of Larne during the early hours of Friday morning, June 3. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye
Detectives are appealing for witnesses following an arson attack in the Loranville area of Larne during the early hours of Friday morning, June 3. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye

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