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Police probe after family car set alight and blaze spreads to west Belfast family home

Police have re-appealed for information after a family car was set alight which then spread to the family home in west Belfast.

It happened in the Belfield Heights area during the early hours of Tuesday January 3 and police are reissuing their appeal for information.

Police believe that a male poured fuel across the bonnet and roof of a white BMW X5 before it was set alight.

The family car was gutted by the fire which also spread to the family home causing significant damage.

Chief Inspector Kellie McMillan said, “Even though the incident happened in January, our investigation is ongoing.

“This was an incredibly reckless act which could have put lives in danger, had there have been anyone in the property at the time. However the ground floor of the home, contents and personal items belonging to the parents and the children who live there were destroyed.

“We are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information that can they think may be able to assist with the investigation, no matter how small or insignificant you feel it may be,  to contact officers in Woodbourne on 101 quoting reference number 84 of 03/01/17. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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