Belfast Telegraph

Banbridge couple are 'shaken' after cars set alight

By Chris Kilpatrick

An elderly couple could have burned to death after cars were set alight yards from their home, it has been claimed.

Two cars and two properties were damaged in the arson attack in Banbridge.

It happened at Edenvale Avenue at 12.30am on Saturday.

The elderly couple in one of the houses escaped uninjured but were badly shaken.

Ulster Unionist representative Jo-Anne Dobson visited them after the attack and said it was fortunate nobody was killed.

"I have spoken to this couple, who I know personally, this morning and they have told me just how close the fire came to spreading to their house," the MLA for the area said.

"We could so easily be dealing with fatalities this morning.

"Those who carried out this attack have absolutely no reason whatsoever for targeting a couple who have exemplary standing in Banbridge."

No motive for the arson has been established.

Police have appealed for anybody with information to contact them.

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