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Northern Ireland family 'living in terror' after arson attack on car while they were asleep

By Donna Deeney

A family have been left traumatised and frightened after an arsonist attacked while they were asleep in their Co Antrim home.

David Mooney (41) woke in the early hours of Saturday to find his car had been set on fire outside his house in Crumlin.

After alerting his wife and daughter, who were also asleep, Mr Mooney rang the emergency services.

It was already too late as the vehicle was engulfed in flames, which were starting to spread to the property.

Fire crews extinguished the flames but Mr Mooney's car, which he had bought two weeks previously, was destroyed.

Mr Mooney said he believed he knows who carried out the attack and is frightened his family will be targeted again.

He said: "At 3.45am on Saturday I woke up after I heard a noise outside. It just didn't feel right to me, so I got up and went to check the house and the minute I opened the living room door I could see the car was totally ablaze.

"The window of the living room was on fire too.

"Panic started to set in, but I called to my wife Tracy and 17-year-old daughter Lara to get out.

"The Fire Service came so fast and did a fantastic job, but the car is a total write-off.

"My priority was to get my wife and daughter out, but I can say I was really scared and we have all been left traumatised by this, especially my daughter, who is getting ready for her A-levels.

"This is our home but it is also where I work, so there is no question of us leaving, but we are scared that there will be another attack."

The PSNI said: "Police are investigating the circumstance of a car fire in the Crumlin area at the weekend.

"At around 3.50am on Saturday police received a report that a white-coloured Ford Kuga that was parked outside a house in the Glenavy Road area was on fire.

"Police and the Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene.

"The vehicle was destroyed in the blaze, which also caused damage to a window and window frame of the house.

"Police enquiries are continuing and we would appeal to anyone who was in this area prior to, or around the time of the incident was reported to police and may have noticed any suspicious activity, to contact police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 215 of 07/04/18."

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