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Petrol bombing: suspect is released

By Cate McCurry

A man who was arrested by police investigating a petrol bomb attack in which three children escaped injury has been released pending further inquiries.

The man was arrested in the Ballymena area on Friday as part of police investigations into the incident.

Five people – the three children, a man and a woman – were rescued from the fire in a house on Francis Street in Ballymena on Wednesday, August 6.

The family weren't injured in the arson attack, described by police as "crude and dangerous".

Damage was caused to the living room of the property and forensic officers conducted an examination of the scene.

Chief Inspector Stephen McCauley said: "Thankfully we are not dealing with fatalities or serious injury here. The attack was crude but also very dangerous. Police officers and the Fire Service arrived quickly on the scene to help the occupants of the house and take them to safety."

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