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Chinese takeaway 'not the target' of Crumlin blazing car attack

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The car was set on fire and directed at the Chinese takeaway, which soon went up in flames

The car was set on fire and directed at the Chinese takeaway, which soon went up in flames

The car was set on fire and directed at the Chinese takeaway, which soon went up in flames

Police have appealed for help identifying those responsible for an arson attack on a van that destroyed a Chinese restaurant.

The van smashed into the shutters of the takeaway on Crumlin's Main Street after being set alight in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Antrim PSNI Chief Inspector Natalie Wilson said: "Police believe that this was not a racist attack targeted at the restaurant and that the car was not pushed deliberately at the premises.

"This incident caused a major fire at the building and I am very relieved that the occupants of the upstairs flat were able to escape unharmed – though one imagines this was a very frightening ordeal for them.

"Officers from Antrim CID are working on a number of lines of inquiry and would like to speak to anyone who was in Main Street in Crumlin after 3am and saw or heard anything suspicious to contact them on the non emergency number 101. Or if someone would like to pass information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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