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Lough Neagh patrol boat destroyed in arson attack

A Lough Neagh patrol boat has been destroyed in an arson attack.

It happened in the Anneter area of Cookstown in the early hours of Saturday.

Sergeant Hodge said:  "Shortly after 12.35 am it was reported that two people wearing balaclavas and gloves cut the moorings of the boat and set it on fire.

"As a result the boat was totally destroyed. This boat was a patrol boat owned by Lough Neagh Fishermen’s Co-operative used to enforce fishing licences and ensure nets used are legal and accountable. It therefore provided a service to the local community and as such I would ask for the public’s assistance with this investigation.

"I would ask that anyone with information contact 101 quoting reference 55 27/01/2018. Or, alternatively information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

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