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Two men arrested over Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon arson attacks

Published 14/04/2016

Two men have been arrested in relation to a series of arson attacks in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon.
Two men have been arrested in relation to a series of arson attacks in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon.

Two men have been arrested in relation to a series of arson attacks in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon.

A 31-year-old man was arrested in relation to two robberies and four incidents of arson and a 26 year old man was arrested in relation to 12 incidents of arson.

Detectives from Reactive and Organised Crime arrested the men two men following a number of searches on Thursday.

Searches were conducted in Princess Way, Loughgall Road and West Street in Portadown and Greenpark Drive in Markethill. Computer equipment, phones and cash were seized.

Both men are currently assisting police with their enquiries.

Detective Inspector Keith Gawley said: “These arrests show our commitment to addressing and tackling crime that affects our local community. Our priority will always be finding those responsible for crime and bringing them before the courts.”

Chief Inspector Davy Beck added: “Some of these incidents date back to October 2015 and I would like to thank the public for their patience and support as we conducted our enquiries and worked to take this investigation forward.

"The steps we take to address crime are not always obvious to the public and hopefully this will help provide some reassurance that we are always working to prevent, detect and deter crime right across this District.  I would again appeal to anyone who has information about any of these arson incident to contact police on 101.”

If you prefer to provide information without giving your details you can contact the independent crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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