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Police link petrol bomb attack on Larne house to recent spate of incidents - two people escape injury

Dickson: 'Only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed'

Two people have escaped injury after a petrol bomb was thrown through the front window of a house in Larne.

The incident happened at a house in Walnut Park on the morning of Friday April 28.

Police said it's believed at this stage a petrol bomb was thrown through the front window at around 8am.

It broke the window and ended up in the living room of the property and started a fire.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service attended and extinguished the fire and made the device safe.

Police said a strong line of enquiry is that it is linked to a spate in recent incidents in the Larne area.

Arsonists have targeted businesses, houses and vehicles recently in attacks which have been linked to an ongoing feud.

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson warned someone will be killed if it continues.

Mr Dickson said: “This is the latest in a growing line of extremely dangerous incidents.

“If these attacks continue it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed. I would strongly encourage those involved to end the violence before more damage is done and lives are lost.

"The nature of these violent attacks puts everyone in the community at risk."

Detective Chief Inspector Dunny McCubbin said: "Our enquiries into this incident are at an early stage but a strong line of enquiry is that it is linked to a number of recent incidents in the Larne area.

"I would appeal to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the Walnut Park area this morning or who has any information which could assist us with our enquiries to contact detectives in Larne on 101 quoting reference number 217 28/04/17. Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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