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'Jobs put at risk' after suspected Belfast shop arson

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

Published 12/04/2016

PSNI Inspector Mark Cavanagh has urged any witnesses to contact officers at Woodbourne on the non-emergency number 101
PSNI Inspector Mark Cavanagh has urged any witnesses to contact officers at Woodbourne on the non-emergency number 101

Police are investigating after a suspected arson attack in west Belfast.

A barber shop and taxi office at Bingnian Drive in the Andersonstown area were destroyed during the fire on Sunday.

There were also reports of an explosion which was believed to have been caused by a backdraft rather than any sort of device.

Sinn Fein MLA Rosie McCorley described the attack as disgraceful.

She said: "The people who targeted these businesses need to realise they have put over 30 local jobs in jeopardy.

"I attended the scene and met the owner, who is totally devastated.

"I would appeal to anyone with information to bring it forward to the Police Service of Northern Ireland immediately as the people who carried this out have nothing to offer our society but misery."

PSNI Inspector Mark Cavanagh has urged any witnesses to contact officers at Woodbourne on the non-emergency number 101.

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