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Mother and three children escape injury after arson attack on Crumlin home

Woman woken by loud bang found flames and broken glass downstairs

A mother and three children have escaped injury following an arson attack on their home.

Police said at around 4.35am on Friday morning a 35-year-old woman, who was in the house in the Ballydonaghy Meadows area of Crumlin, with her three children, was woken up by a loud bang.

When she went downstairs she saw smoke, flames and broken glass at the door.

The women fled from the house with her children aged 6, 11 and 15.

Detective Chief Inspector Dunny McCubbin said: “While no-one was injured during this incident, there could have been serious consequences. Extensive damage was caused to the door of the property.

Sinn Fein MLA Declan Kearney said he was gravely concerned and that it could have been a tragedy.

He said: "Those behind this attack against a family home must be apprehended.

“This mindless attack occurred at 4.30am on Friday morning. A young mother and three children were in the house at this time and fortunately we are not dealing with a tragedy today.

“Those behind this attack have shown complete disregard for the lives of the occupants and the safety of other residents in the street.

“The sooner those responsible are taken off our streets the better. I am appealing to anyone with information about this attack, however insignificant it may appear, to report it immediately to the PSNI.”

Anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area or who can assist with the investigation is asked to contact officers in Antrim and Newtownabbey on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 106 of 19/05/17 or alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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