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Arsonists target community justice group offices

Offices of a community restorative justice project in north Belfast have been targeted by arsonists.

A spokesman for the Community Restorative Justice Ireland (CRJI) group said the firebombing of its Ardoyne premises was a “reckless criminal act and an attack on the community”.

Harry Maguire of CRJI said that despite the attack on the offices at the Flax Centre on Thursday night, the group would not be deterred. Mr Maguire said: “This arson attack could have resulted in death or serious injury. The arsonists climbed on to the roof of the building and poured petrol in before setting it alight.

“The fire was still smouldering when our admin worker opened up,” he said.

He added that the arsonists had also put the livelihoods of dozens of local people who work at the commercial centre at risk.

“If this fire had caught hold it could have destroyed the whole Flax Centre. These people have no regard for anyone in this community.

“Our staff in the Ardoyne office have worked with over 1,000 families from the area over the last two and a half years, providing a whole range of valuable services.

“This attack won’t deflect CRJI and we will continue to work with and for the people.”

Belfast Telegraph