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A firefighter tackles the blaze after a van was set on fire in Jamaica Street in north Belfast yesterday

A firefighter tackles the blaze after a van was set on fire in Jamaica Street in north Belfast yesterday

A firefighter tackles the blaze after a van was set on fire in Jamaica Street in north Belfast yesterday

Arsonists torched a Housing Executive van in north Belfast yesterday – hours after staff removed a mural in the area.

Police said the driver was ordered to get out by two males who then set it alight in Jamaica Street .

The Housing Executive said it had withdrawn its response maintenance service from Ardoyne and Ligoniel with immediate effect.

It is understood the attack is linked to the removal of a republican mural in the Ligoniel area earlier in the day.

The Housing Executive said it "utterly condemned" the attack.

"Unfortunately, the Housing Executive has had to withdraw its response maintenance service from Ardoyne and Ligoniel with immediate effect, said a spokesman.

"We are liaising with the PSNI and community representatives in an effort to resolve this matter.

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"It is our understanding that the incident followed the removal of a mural in Ligoniel."


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