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New Lodge: Three cars burned out and intruder discovered in a house overnight

Two of the vehicles that were burnt out at Carlisle Terrace in the New Lodge Road area of North Belfast overnight. Credit: Alan Lewis/Photopress
Two of the vehicles that were burnt out at Carlisle Terrace in the New Lodge Road area of North Belfast overnight. Credit: Alan Lewis/Photopress

Police in north Belfast are investigating a number of overnight incidents in the New Lodge area.

A man forced entry into a house at Carlisle Square just after 3.30am on Tuesday morning. The man, who was in his twenties, was disturbed by the resident of the house. He was of thin build and wearing a baseball cap and dark coat with orange lining.

A Peugeot 206 car was set alight an hour later at around 4.30am at Victoria Parade. Local officers were patrolling the area and the fire service extinguished the fire but the car was destroyed.

It was then discovered that an Audi Q2 and Volkswagen Tiguan had both been destroyed in deliberate fires at Carlisle Terrace. A man matching the description of the person who was involved in the earlier burglary was in the area at the time of the arson attacks.

Inspector Paul Noble said: "Our investigation into these incidents is at a very early stage and I would appeal to anyone who has any information which could assist us with our enquiries to contact police at Musgrave on 101 quoting reference number 181 of 13 August 2019.

"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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