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Larne arson attack salon staff returning to work

By Claire Williamson

Hairdressers at a salon which was destroyed in a spate of arson attacks have thanked the public for their support as they are set to return to work.

A car was reversed through the shutters of  Hair by Jakk in Larne's Main Street and set alight on Monday night.

Police believe a falling-out between two people may have caused a spate of arson attacks on vehicles and property in the town in recent days, but paramilitaries are not thought to be involved.

Kerri and Julie from Hair by Jakk said they will be working from a room at Perfections Beauty also on Main Street from Friday in the meantime.

They also managed to salvage their appointment books from the wreckage.

Kerri said: "People have been absolutely amazing and we would like to thank you for your patience and understanding. Hope to see you all soon."

A crowdfunding page to help the business has raised more than £2,000.

Speaking previously Detective Chief Inspector Dunny McCubbin called it a "mindless and reckless attack".

He said: "This was a mindless and reckless attack by individuals who have shown no concern for the people of Larne and no respect for the business people trying to make a living in the town.

"This business has been devastated by this attack and there can be no excuse or justification for what happened here."

Police believe one man travelled to the scene in the vehicle, a grey Nissan Primera, and then fled on a blue and white motorcycle driven by a second individual.

Three fire appliances attended.

Eight other arson attacks over the weekend are being investigated by detectives and officers are considering if the latest incident is linked.

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