Belfast Telegraph

Car set on fire in Larne possibly linked to feud

Detectives in Larne are investigating after a car was set on fire in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The incident happened in the Ardclinis Gardens area and saw a window of parked Ford Focus smashed and flammable liquid poured inside before the car was set alight.

The arson attack happened a short time after 1am.

Speaking about the incident, Detective Chief Inspector Dunny McCubbin said: "I would ask anyone with any information about this incident to contact detectives in Larne on 101 quoting reference number 31 13/09/17 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

It is understood that police are investigating a link between this incident and other recent criminal incidents in Larne.

On Monday shots were fired through the window of a child's bedroom as part of an ongoing loyalist feud.

In another incident believed to be connected to the violence, a petrol bomb was thrown through the window of an empty building.

Sinn Féin’s Oliver McMullan said the attack "was further evidence that loyalist groups have the community living in fear".

“What we need to see is a full crack down on criminal activities of the loyalist groupings in Larne such as drugs, money laundering, loan sharking and intimidation is needed in order to bring this crime wave to an end,”  said Mr McMullan.

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